Algeria Eager to Tap Shale Reserves

Algeria has the world's third-largest shale gas reserves, which was news to me but there it is. They want to start pumping that gas but they need a lot of help. Also, there's a lot of opposition, including, as far as I understand, on religious grounds. Very interesting.

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1 hour ago, Marina Schwarz said:

 Also, there's a lot of opposition, including, as far as I understand, on religious grounds. 

like what kind of opposition?

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Here's a quote from a Reuters story:

"To win over locals, Kaddour visited three Sufi Muslim institutions, or Zaouia, in the gas region of In Salah to discuss with their leaders ways to convince people to endorse shale exploration.

Sufism is mainstream in Algeria’s south.

Residents have protested against Sonatrach’s plans, saying they are too risky and damaging to the environment."

I'm going to google sufism and educate myself now.

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