A commission at Lviv Regional Council has not agreed on the issuance of special permits for geological exploration, including the pilot and industrial development of oil and gas deposits in the region with the subsequent production of oil and gas, according to UKRINFORM.

The head of the Commission on Environment, Natural Resources and Recreation at Lviv Regional Council, Iryna Sekh, said after a meeting of the commission on January 12 that the issue concerned the Vasylenkivska, Burshtynska, Viktorivska, Haichynska, Dnistrovska, Leonivska, Martivska, Mishunivska, Rava-Rusko-Krekhivska and Chumatska sites of Naftogaz of Ukraine.

The company's management for the second time asked the regional council to approve the receipt of special permits for geological exploration.

Sekh said that Naftogaz was not meeting its commitments to the communities living in the areas where the company extracts mineral resources, which are specified in an agreement on cooperation between the company and Lviv Regional State Administration.

"The company's activity is leading to a significant increase in the level of environmental hazard in extraction sites," the head of the commission added.

According to the commission, a framework agreement with Naftogaz last year was fulfilled only by UAH 7 million out of a planned UAH 27 million.

The Commission on Environment, Natural Resources and Recreation at Lviv Regional Council asked the management of Naftogaz of Ukraine to instruct its subsidiary enterprises to pay taxes.

In addition, it was decided at the meeting to recommend the company to sign agreements with territorial communities envisaging the mandatory reclamation of oil and gas deposits after the end of their operation, taking into account all of the proposals of the public.

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