Ad Hoc Committee Waives Shale Gas Moratorium Texts

Ad Hoc Committee Waives Shale Gas Moratorium Texts

An ad hoc parliamentary committee scrapped some of the texts of a recently adopted decision to impose a moratorium on shale gas exploration and extraction as they hinder the production of conventional gas as well.

The effective Article 1 of the moratorium bans the underground injection of fluids at a pressure of over 20 atmospheres, which hinders the exploration and storage of conventional gas as well, the state-run Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) quoted the committee's chairman Dian Chervenkondov as saying.

"This article is now waived, but shale gas exploration and extraction by hydraulic fracturing is still banned," he added.

Bulgaria adopted the shale gas ban in January under the pressure of environmental organizations and the public.

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