US energy giant Chevron plans to continue its shale gas exploration activities in Poland, but would like the government to be more open to dialogue with investors, John P. Claussen, Chevron's country manager for Poland, told Reuters.
Mr Clausen referred to a draft regulation on hydrocarbon extraction recently prepared by the Polish Ministry of Environment and submitted to the government for approval. “We would like the opportunity to continue to have dialogue about some of the issues that are going forward in the bill,” he said.
He did not specify which areas of the draft Chevron was concerned with. So far, sector companies have expressed concern about the rules on granting extraction licenses in areas where gas was found, extending exploration time and penalties.
Chevron has four concessions in southeastern Poland, although the company has already stopped any exploration work on one of them (Frampol) for now. Another one near the village of Żurawłów is facing protests from the local community.
“We are still committed to the work that we are doing in Poland. We still have work to do,” Mr Claussen told Reuters.
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