Gazprom, the world's most corrupt energy company, has been lobbying furiously in Brussels for EU-wide legislation to curb fracking. Particularly the Russians have been targeting shale gas exploration in Poland. The Russians have evidently also been sponsoring a number of "experts" who have written down Polish shale gas hopes in western media:
The Polish intelligence
service (ABW) warned in a declassified report last year that Russian spies are
engaged in widespread espionage operations targeting Poland's shale projects. --
"There have been a number of very poor bore holes so far," said Mr Poprawa,
now at the Energy Studies Institute in Warsaw. "This has to be admitted, but it
was mostly due to lack of experience by PGNiG [Poland's gas leader] rather than
the geology. We need at least 100 lateral drills to reach any conclusion. So far
there have only been six."
Poland may not be the next Norway - the fond hope of foreign minister Radek
Sikorski - and its failure to draw up a legal regime that is remotely fit for
purpose threatens an exodus of foreign explorers. But anti-frackers have also
been too quick to write the epitaph of Poland's shale drive. --
"We have already proved 12 to 18 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas in
our bloc. We are delighted," said San Leon's Mr Fanning. That alone is two years
of Polish imports. ExxonMobil's widely reported withdrawal from Poland has been
from the Lublin Basin to the south, an entirely different story. "Nobody is
pulling out of the Baltic Basin," he said.
Mr Fanning said it is a "fallacy" that Polish shale gas is unusually hard to
extract. "The rocks are 2,500 to 4,000 metres deep, which is not so different
from the US. Even if they are deeper, there is more pressure, so you get more
gas. It balances out.
"The catalyst that is missing in Poland is sheer intensity of drilling. You
need 60 wells in each area to find the right 'recipe', and until you start
fracking you are just guessing. There have been only three or four horizontal
fracks in the country so far."
The authorities have not made it easy. "Everything has been far too slow. The
higher levels of the government are committed, but once you go lower, you get
bogged down in the old Communist bureaucracy. It took a year to get permission
just to drill deeper, so we had to stop and wait. This was very irritating, but
it has been cleared up now."
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