Following the lead of neighboring Poland, where shale gas exploration is already under way, foreign and local companies have applied for exploration permits in the Czech Republic.
Local Cuadrilla representative Stanislav Benada expects to hear from the Czech authorities about the applications in the autumn, but added that discussions with environmental officials regarding other possible exploration areas near the capital Prague indicated substantial resistance, commenting, "We are prepared to work with local authorities and hold meetings to explain the extraction process" before concluding that as yet no exploratory drilling has been approved and commenced, no one currently had an idea what shale gas reserves might be exploitable in the Czech Republic.
(The original article appears at http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Foreign-Companies-Apply-for-Czech-Shale-Gas-Exploration-Permits.html.)
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