Romania’s Shale Gas Strategy

After a somewhat late start, the shale gas debate in Romania has picked up steam in 2012. There is currently a much higher degree of public awareness related to the topic of shale gas than say, a year ago. This article tracks the legislative process of the draft law proposing to ban the use of the hydraulic fracturing technique in Romania and discusses some of the obstacles to shale gas development in Romania. It ends with a recommendation for a document that could be Romania’s National Strategy for Shale Gas or, if it is to have a wider scope – a Strategy for the Romanian Unconventional Resources.