On Sunday 16th February, it was another antifracking protest day. In the village of Macea, Arad County, Westernmost Romania, close to the Hungarian Border, around 1000 locals gathered to protest against the fracking projects there.
It is the second protest in the area since end of February 2014, when the Hungarian Company, Panfora Oil has announced it will start searching for oil and gas in the area around the town Curtici, famous for its agricultural hinterland. Even though the company is taking the denial strategy, like most do right now in Romania, people know so well they are not looking for conventional gas, but for unconventional and won’t let themselves fooled by the declarations of the authorities and of the companies.
”We will protest, we will gather signatures together with the citizens in all the villages and we will hand them in to the Government because many laws were changed and we hope the law (on oil and gas) will be modified too)”, so the mayor of Macea municipality.
Like the protest in the nearby town of Curtici two weeks ago, also this time in the rally took part ALL the mayors of the 12 towns and municipalities in the affected perimeter. The people are decided not to give up farming and say they will let no one approach their lands.
After the protests in Eastern Romania during the past 2 years, a new fortress of resistance, probably also better organised than the one in eastern Romania, is surfacing. The frackers will definitely have difficulties fracking eastermost and westernmost Romania, at least.
Even though constant riots keep happening, one just yesterday, similar to Pungesti.
We will keep you posted on this too.