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Poland to ignore European Parliament objections on Shale Gas drilling

WARSAW -- Poland will continue to drill for shale gas despite objections raised by some members of the European Parliament and calls for a European Union wide moratorium on the rock fracturing technology used in shale gas production, polish government officials said. "We will be persistently trying to show Europe that production of shale gas makes sense," Prime Minister Donald Tusk told a press conference.

The European Parliament rejected calls for a moratorium , but some would like to see the hydraulic fracturing technology banned on environmental grounds. Poland has a treaty right to freely choose the sources of its energy, Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski said.

Poland would like to use its shale gas reserves to reduce its reliance on natural gas imported from Russia and build gas fired power plants to diversify away from coal as the primary source of its electricity. The government has encouraged state controlled firms, led by gas firm PGNiG , to do exploration drilling, mostly in Poland' s north and east.

Dow Jones Newswires



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