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Romania: Greenpeace protests against OMV Petrom’s Neptun Deep project

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Greenpeace activists from Romania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic gathered this morning at OMV Petrom headquarters in Bucharest, Romania, to protest against the proposed Neptun Deep project which, if it enters into operation, would threaten the EU’s carbon neutrality target, and harm wildlife in the Black Sea. It would also become Europe’s largest offshore gas drilling project and make Romania the EU’s largest fossil gas producer. The activists painted the message ‘No New Gas’ on the OMV Petrom building

While activists painted ‘No new gas’ in giant yellow letters on the building, others displayed messages such as ‘Stop Neptun Deep’, ‘Don’t destroy the Black Sea’, ‘No future for gas’ or ‘Stop fossil gas’. Neptun Deep, the first deepwater drilling project proposed in the Romanian Black Sea, is one of many gas infrastructure projects currently under development in Europe, where fossil fuel companies are using the excuse of “securing Europe’s energy supply” to push their gas agenda.The Neptun Deep gas transmission pipeline could even be granted public funding from the EU. Meanwhile, several analyses show that the EU does not need an expanded gas supply to meet its declining energy demand.

New fossil gas projects are incompatible with limiting global heating to 1.5°C. The last thing the world needs is new fossil gas drilling operations – not in Romania and not anywhere else. Fossil gas is a destructive fossil fuel just like oil and coal. To secure a safe and healthy future for all, all new fossil gas projects in the EU need to be stopped now. Instead of drilling for and burning even more fossil gas, we need to speed up the transition to renewable energies and improve energy efficiency,” said Lisa Göldner, European Energy campaigner, Greenpeace Germany. 

OMV Petrom can’t be trusted. The company refuses to disclose the massive amounts of chemicals that will be dumped into the Black Sea to extract this gas while daring to tell anyone who will listen that this project has a negative carbon footprint. The reality is that OMV is planning to extract methane – a greenhouse gas over 80 times more powerful than CO2 in a 20-year time frame – while harming fish, marine mammals, and terrestrial species and their habitats. Bad for nature, bad for climate, bad for people,” added Alin Tanase, Campaigns Coordinator at Greenpeace Romania.

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