How can local communities benefit from shale gas, where do the myths about the dangers of the exploration and production of this resource come from, and what are the legal considerations associated with its exploitation? The above subjects were broached during the conference entitled Poland situated on shale gas deposits. Local prospects of global business organized on March 23 by the Employers of Poland and the Koźmian Institute.
According to the President of the Employers of Poland, Andrzej Malinowski, the exploitation of shale gas is an excellent opportunity to enhance the sovereignty of our country, to make profits from the shale gas export on the one hand, and lower oil prices in Poland on the other hand. - Today, shale gas is an element of a construction and management game. The worst thing would be to surrender to the lobby of opponents of its production - added President Malinowski. - To be able to enjoy the benefits of shale gas, employers need stable rules, quick decisions and clear rules - said the President of the Employers of Poland. Instead, the Ministry of Finance already wants to burden investors with taxes, and the government wants to appoint its next proxy. - What is it supposed to serve? - asked Andrzej Malinowski.
The conference participants, who among others were the Minister of the Treasury, Mikołaj Budzanowski, the Chief National Geologist, Piotr Woźniak, the President of the Polish Copper, Herbert Wirth, and the President of PGNiG, Grażyna Piotrowska-Oliwa, emphasized a huge chance of a civilization leap for Poland. In order to seize this opportunity, local communities should be provided with both the benefits and reliable information about each stage of the investment, and the predictions of its impact on the environment, health and landscape, as well as nuisance to which the inhabitants of the areas covered by the drilling will be exposed.
The organizers thank all Partners and Patrons for their help in organizing the conference “Poland situated on shale gas deposits. Local prospects of global business”.