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Romania: Death before fracking, swear protesters01:03

Romania: Death before fracking, swear protesters

Romania, Pungesti
October 19, 2013 at 04:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

Romania: Death before fracking, swear protesters

Citizens of the Romanian town of Pungesti are to hold a referendum on whether to allow US energy giant Chevron to continue shale gas fracking exploration under their land, after mass protests forced a halt to the operation. Speaking to RT reporters on Tuesday, locals said that they would rather die than allow the company to continue the practice, which they say will poison their farmland.

"We hope to stop them, even if it means paying with our lives," said one local resident. "Even if they want to send the army, we will die if it is fated for us to die, so let it be. But we won't give up until they outlaw fracking in Romania."

Georgetta, a farmer, explained why the residents are adamant about stopping the exploration, saying: "I am so afraid of this kind of gas exploitation. People say there will be big problems for our animals because the water will be affected. And the soil and the food for animals and for us and our children as well. We have children and grandchildren. What should we do?"

The town council is due to hold the plebiscite on November 24. Chevron, meanwhile, says that the decision is not legally binding, and that it has all necessary permissions it requires from the Romanian government.

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Romania: Death before fracking, swear protesters

Citizens of the Romanian town of Pungesti are to hold a referendum on whether to allow US energy giant Chevron to continue shale gas fracking exploration under their land, after mass protests forced a halt to the operation. Speaking to RT reporters on Tuesday, locals said that they would rather die than allow the company to continue the practice, which they say will poison their farmland.

"We hope to stop them, even if it means paying with our lives," said one local resident. "Even if they want to send the army, we will die if it is fated for us to die, so let it be. But we won't give up until they outlaw fracking in Romania."

Georgetta, a farmer, explained why the residents are adamant about stopping the exploration, saying: "I am so afraid of this kind of gas exploitation. People say there will be big problems for our animals because the water will be affected. And the soil and the food for animals and for us and our children as well. We have children and grandchildren. What should we do?"

The town council is due to hold the plebiscite on November 24. Chevron, meanwhile, says that the decision is not legally binding, and that it has all necessary permissions it requires from the Romanian government.