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Romania Regional Shale-Gas Referendum Invalidated, Agerpres Says

Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- A referendum on the exploration of shale-gas in several Romanian towns and villages near the Black Sea was invalidated because of a lower-than-required turnout, Agerpres reported, citing local authority officials.

A minimum turnout of half of the electorate, needed to validate the vote, wasn’t met in the city of Mangalia, Mayor Cristian Radu said, according to the Bucharest-based news service. The turnout in Costinesti and Limanu villages reached 49.7 percent and 39.2 percent respectively, Agerpres said.

The citizens were called to vote on whether they agree or not with shale-gas exploration through hydraulic fracturing, after Chevron Corp. announced plans to explore the area for the resources.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andra Timu in Bucharest at atimu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net

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