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Antifracking protest in Western Romania – in one of Gazprom’s perimeters

protest antifrack dudestii vechi
Last Sunday, in one of the Westernmost villages of Romania, Dudeștii Vechi, the local antifracking group has organised an antifracking march, gathering, despite the thunderstorm, more than 300 people. At the beginning, when the kick off concert started, before the storm, there were 700-800 people, who were then rapidly dismanteled by the storm. After the storm, 300 brave protesters got back to the protest place, to protest against the abuses of the company who is doing seismic testing on behalf of the Serbian oil and gas company, NIS, part of the Gazprom group. Unlike Eastern Romania, where Chevron is the holder of the mineral rights, in western Romania, all along the border with Hungary, we have GAZPROM, via NIS willing to start drilling, including for shale gas, despite their constant denial that the testing is for shale gas. (more…)

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Press Release: ManiFEST festival – for a frackfree world in Puieşti, Romania

ManiFEST Press Release, First Edition: “Don’t Mess with Us”
Bucharest, 12th September 2014

For a few days, between 6th and 8th of September, the village of Puiesti (Romania) was uplifted from an unobtrusive Vaslui village to a center of activism. Several organizations and informal action groups, including “FrackFree Group” – Bucharest”, “Civic intervention Group” – Braşov, “Resistance Group Puieşti” and “Resistance Group Pungeşti”, with the support of groups such as “Oastea lui Ştefan” from Vaslui, “Resistance Bârlad” and volunteers from all over Romania and Europe (Greece, UK, Bulgaria, Rep. Moldova), gathered to create the first edition of the ManiFEST festival (for a world without fracking), entitled playfully but strongly: “Cu noi nu te PUIesti” (Don’t mess with us). The festival took place in a symbolic space, owned by village councillor David Roma, located close to the perimeter where Chevron holds all permits required to build an exploration well for shale gas. (more…)