On Monday, July 7th, 2014, at 4 AM, the employees of the American company Chevron left the village Żurawlów in the Lubelskie Region. After 400 days of persisting protest, the farmers, inhabitants and activists managed to stop shale gas drilling.
Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart, Roman Kurkiewicz and Magdalena Krysińska-Kałużna comment on this event.
It was the longest local protest against shale gas drilling in the world. Various factors contributed to that. First, before Chevron came to Żurawlów, it operated in Rogów. After seismic surveys, the walls in some houses there cracked and then they left. Even before drilling, something has already happened. It also turned out that the local government was not informed at all. Its members did not know anything about the boreholes and threats associated with them, they were not able to answer any of the questions. Because of that the reluctance to drilling was rising.
Read more: http://politicalcritique.org/reporting/2014/goodbye-chevron/