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Russia Behind Bulgarian Anti-Fracking Protests?
oilprice.com ^ | 02/07/2012 | John Daly

Posted on 02/09/2012 3:53:31 PM PST by bananaman22

Pity the poor Eastern Europeans. Fifty years under the domination of their massive Soviet eastern neighbor then the collapse of Communism there two decades ago offered undreamed of opportunities to join both the European Union and NATO.

But they still remain dependent on the Russian Federation for the majority of their oil and gas needs, and the new capitalists in Moscow do not hesitate to charge the highest prices possible.

According a number of East European nations, particularly Poland and Bulgaria, are actively investigating the possibility of establishing hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operations on their territory to develop an indigenous natural gas industry and undercut the Russian Federation’s state-owned natural gas monopoly Gazprom.

Mindful however of the possible negative environmental effects of fracking last month 166 members of the Bulgarian National Assembly’s 240 parliamentarians voted to impose an indefinite ban on shale gas exploration and extraction in Bulgaria using hydraulic fracturing or other similar technology.

Now a hard-hitting editorial in the Trud newspaper by Ivan Sotirov entitled, "Russian Lobby Against Shale Gas," accuses pro-Russian Bulgarian supporters of fomenting protests against shale gas operations in the country.

Commenting that “nightmare” protest rallies against fracking have taken place in the capital’s Sofia streets Sotirov wrote of their effects, “The ostensibly rightist majority at the National Assembly has capitulated, without any serious arguments, to this pseudo-civic pressure, and has adopted a moratorium on prospecting and extracting shale gas in Bulgaria. In other words, Full article at: Russia Behind Bulgarian Anti-Fracking Protests?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bulgaria; energy; fracking; gazprom; opec; russia

1 posted on 02/09/2012 3:53:39 PM PST by bananaman22
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To: bananaman22

“....then the collapse of Communism there two decades ago....”

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Communism did not collapse — it infiltrated the US, went underground and emerged in 2008.


2 posted on 02/09/2012 4:25:44 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: bananaman22

The Russians pulled that crap here all through the Cold War and beyond. Their documents have PROVEN it. In fact they did it so well that the Baby Boomer generation is now on autopilot, as their money from Russia was cut off years ago.


3 posted on 02/09/2012 4:43:34 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: 353FMG; BobL
You are both right, Communists co-opted the "environmentalist" movement (and animal "rights") and continued their anti capitalist tyranny through those venues.

Russia doesn't need to sabotage energy development in secret, their US baby boomer disciples do it for them for free.

4 posted on 02/09/2012 5:06:02 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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5 posted on 02/09/2012 6:09:37 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
Note: this topic is from 2/09/2012. Thanks bananaman22.

6 posted on 07/21/2012 5:36:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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