Exploiting gas in a war zone? Suicide, says Greenpeace Romania

Greenpeace Romania has come out strongly against possible accidents provoked by marine mines and the disastrous impacts they could have.

Neptune Deep Neptun Deep is the largest planned fossil gas project in the European Union, with a base in the Black Sea. OMV Petrol and Romgaz have made elaborate plans to extract gas from the perimeter delineated by Neptun Deep, but Greenpeace says that risk evaluation hasn’t been thought through sufficiently, and the Neptun Deep project should be halted immediately.

Obviously, investors aren’t going to like that – the project is destined to produce over 200 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to what Romania currently emits in three years.

„We don’t see an end to Russia’s war in Ukraine any time soon. It is pure suicide to build Europe’s largest gas exploitation next to a war zone, without first presenting a risk analysis of the drifting sea mines on the installations and without proposing a series of measures to reduce the associated risks. APM Constanta must urgently request these analyses from OMV and Romgaz before taking any final decision on the environmental agreement for the Neptun Deep project,” Greenpeace Romania campaign coordinator Vlad Cătună said in a press release.

Environmental activists point out that floating sea mines have caused numerous accidents in the Black Sea, some close to tourist areas. Several mines in the immediate vicinity of the planned Neptun Deep project have already been defused.

„Especially during the construction phase, sea mines pose a risk to transport vessels and site personnel. Once the platform is in operation, mines can damage the transport pipeline, anchors or drill shafts. If gas leaks from mine damage, this would be a disaster for the climate. As Greenpeace’s analysis of EIA documents shows, a leak that lasts only a few days can release as much greenhouse gas as would be released in a full year of mining”, specifies Greenpeace.

Greenpeace Romania has sued OMV Petrom and Romgaz, the City Hall and the Local Council of Tuzla, the Dobrogea Litoral Water Basin Administration and the Grigore Antipa National Institute for Marine Research and Development for irregularities in the approval processes and lack of transparency regarding crucial data on the toxic substances to be discharged into the Black Sea, the press release states.

Over 16k people have already signed Greenpeace’s petition.

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