GOVERNMENT: Strategic Environmental Impact Study for On-shore Hydrocarbons Exploration and Exploitation

Barbara Doric, AZULPJ Issue 134, 25 May 2015

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

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