Thousands of Romanians protested Thursday against the plans of US giant Chevron to explore for shale gas, demanding the government to withdraw concessions and ban drilling of the company's first test wells.

On the day when the Romanian moratorium on the exploration and exploitation of shale gas by fracking expired, more than 1000 people gathered in the town of Barlad on the eastern border with Moldova where Chevron has a nearby 1.6 million acre concession. Another 300 Romanians gather...

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