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Friday, 8 December 2017

Zagori, Greece: Say NO to Oil Exploration and Extraction! Hydrocarbon Deposits and Environmental Protection/Impact; The "Ioannina" Block




"In March 2017, Energean agreed to farm-out to Repsol a 60 per cent working interest in the Ioannina block, Western Greece. Repsol will be the Operator and plans to conduct a 2D seismic survey of the block in 2017/2018" (Energean Oil and Gas)

"The investment program during the 7-year exploration period is €32 million, including the acquisition of a Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry survey (FTG), 2D seismic data, 
and the drilling of 2 wells".

Maps (slow loading)

Detailed history of Oil Exploration in Western Greece (English)

Greek Text

The Greek Government's Decision - Έγκριση Στρατηγικής Μελέτης Περιβαλλοντικών Επιπτώσεων (ΣΜΠΕ) για το πρόγραμμα έρευνας και εκμετάλλευσης υδρογονανθράκων στην περιοχή «Ιωάννινα» της Περιφέρειας Ηπείρου.

"Σήμερα 28-9-2017 κατατέθηκαν επίσημα στην ΕΔΕΥ ΑΕ τα απαιτούμενα δικαιολογητικά από τις εταιρείες Energean Oil & Gas και Repsol Exploracion SA, για τη μεταβίβαση του ποσοστού 60% της πρώτης στη δεύτερη, σχετικά με τη συμμετοχή τους στη Σύμβαση Μίσθωσης της περιοχής παραχώρησης «Ιωάννινα». Η μεγάλη Ισπανική εταιρεία που είναι ιδιαίτερα γνωστή στον πετρελαϊκό χώρο, αναλαμβάνει με την ολοκλήρωση της διαδικασίας αυτής και ως κάτοχος πλέον του 60% και ως Εντολοδόχος την εν λόγω παραχώρηση με σκοπό την έρευνα και εκμετάλλευση υδρογονανθράκων στη χερσαία περιοχή των Ιωαννίνων,  haεφαρμόζοντας ένα απαιτητικό πρόγραμμα σεισμικών ερευνών".

It's vital that detailed and understandable Environmental Impact Assessments are made publicly available for careful scrutiny, and that there is clarification as to whether the fracking extraction method is to be utilised in any area of the block.

A good friend has just written, confirming the local inhabitants' worst fears: "You can't exploit oil from a mountainous region. Epirus sits on top of a shale field. Fracking is the only means to exploit hydrocarbons from a shale field".

From DW, 2015

Concerns and Stark Choices

Vassilis Karakitsios University of Athens Athens, Nickos Rigakis Public Petroleum Corp. Athens

Oil pioneer Michael Johnson says Greece has plenty of oil, too, Neo Magazine, May I, 2016

"The World Bank will end its financial support for oil and gas exploration within the next two years in response to the growing threat posed by climate change...The Greenpeace International climate campaigner Gyorgy Dallos said: “The end is clearly coming for the oil and gas industry as the pace of change accelerates.” Dallos said the Bank had sent a damning vote of no confidence in the future of the fossil fuel industry. “The world’s financial institutions now need to take note and decide whether their financing is going to be part of the problem or the solution”.

Oil and gas producer Energean plans £360m London listing, The Telegraph, 20 February 2018

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