'Fracking' debate arrives in Romania
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The process of extracting shale gas known as "fracking" is a divisive subject in Romania. An enormous reserve of the gas is trapped beneath the countryside. The government in Bucharest wants to extract it, and the US company Chevron is now prospecting in Moldavia, a region in the east of the country. But the local population has risen up against the project, which they see as dangerous. At the forefront of the opposition is the Orthodox Archpriest of Barlad, a small town in deepest Romania.