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Chevron started drilling its first exploration well for shale gas in Romania last week, despite months of opposition from local residents.

“Chevron can confirm that drilling activities have commenced at its exploration well site” near the village of Silistea in eastern Romania, a Chevron spokesman said.

“The drilling rig is expected to run until the well reaches a target depth of approximately 4000 metres” (13,000 feet), Chevron said.

Chevron had twice suspended attempts to drill its first exploration well in Romania in late 2013 because of anti-fracking protests by local villagers.

It plans to search for shale gas in Romania for 3 to 5 years.

The Global Post said Chevron’s exploration site is now a “special security zone” guarded by police.