GOVERNMENT: Strategic Environmental Impact Study for On-shore Hydrocarbons Exploration and Exploitation
The Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency (AZU) launched a public debate on the Strategic Study of the Likely Significant Environmental Impact of the Framework Plan and Programme of On-shore Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons, which covers an area of 52,000 m2.
The study proposes a ban on exploitation methods that use mass fracking, because of a potentially negative impact on subterranean water systems. On the other hand, permission is granted for the use of water-based and gas-based drill-in fluids. However, it is necessary to obtain approval from the competent authority for the use of other drill-in fluids.
The study proposes a ban on exploration and exploitation in the areas of national parks, Ramsar wetlands sites (e.g. nature parks Kopacki rit, Lonjsko field, Neretva Delta, Regional Park Mura-Drava), and protected karst areas (e.g. Velebit Mountain), as well as certain areas that fall under EU Natura 2000.
Proposed by: Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency (AZU)
Note: The public debate is open until 20 June 2015