From the Pungesti resistance camp I have the information that Chevron and the mayor will change the strategy. After months of failing “stick strategy”, they are now willing to test the “carrot” strategy. They will try to hire some locals for fictive jobs (they will be probably used to remove the snow and other menial jobs that have nothing to do with the drilling site, where there is a high security and no one from the locals will ever be allowed to enter. They will use these poor desperate people, who are unemployed for some months (2 or 3), till the rigs will be brought there, and then they will just release them, as there won’t be no real job for them to be done. This strategy was used by the cyanide mining company in Rosia Montana to win over the local community, by promising them jobs.
The strategy of the oil and gas companies was so far never focused on selling the idea of job creation, as they knew there’s no way one can sell such a thing, everyone being fully aware of the low employment benefits of a rig for the local community. Yet, faced with fierce opposition like in Pungesti, where they had to have hundreds of riot policemen mobilised in the area every day, they have probably realised that giving some low-wage jobs (lowest, in fact, yet a lot for some people in this poor and remote place) is on the long run more cost-effective.
We are just hoping that the locals won’t give up their fight for such a fata morgana as jobs and wealth from fracking.