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Minister for ecology and natural resources of Ukraine Oleh Proskuryakov expects the local authorities to approve the exploitation and production of shale gas, he said during online conference on ForUm.
"I believe the common sense will prevail," Proskuryakov noted, responding to the question what the government would do if local authorities block the shale production.
According to him, the development of Olesskiy shale gas field is carried out under full ecological control and is a serious project on region's development.
"This project includes development of the region, creating jobs and significant energy resources under full ecological control by public and state environmental organizations," the minister said and reminded that the project for Yuzovski field prospecting is at the stage of preparation.
Moreover, according to Proskuryakov, the contracts with "Shell" and "Chevron" companies "take into account interests of the population of regions under development".
The minister expressed confidence that alternative sources of energy will multiply "by means of non-traditional sources of carbohydrates (shale gas, coal mine methane), solar and wind energy.