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Ascent frustrated with Slovenian government decision for gas treatment plant

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Staff Writer | May 5, 2017
Ascent Resources expressed frustration after one individual lodged yet another appeal against the Slovenian government's decision that an environmental impact assessment is not required before the firm develops its gas treatment facility at the Petisovci field.
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The unnamed individual has lodged the latest appeal with the Slovenian Administrative Court, following several unsuccessful appeals. Ascent said the objections have been "consistently rejected" by the Environment Agency twice, the Environment Minister twice and once by the Administrative Court.

The appeal is against the decision of the Slovenian Environment Agency and the Environment Minister that a full environmental impact assessment was not required in relation to the proposed gas treatment facility at the Petisovci gas field.

Ascent said the latest appeal was expected given the previous attempts, but said it is confident the latest appeal will be thrown out like the others as it has, alongside its partners, rectified the perceived issues identified by the court during the last hearing.

"We are confident that the court will again rule in our favour when they reconsider the case, which we hope will occur during the second half of 2017," said Ascent.

The latest development does not impact the activities of the joint venture, Ascent stressed, which commenced the sale of gas from well Pg-10 in April and before soon sending production through the export pipeline in June this year.

"The decision by this individual to appeal is entirely expected as they have no interest in the rationality of their objections or the harm which their actions have inflicted on the national interests of Slovenia and the local economy," said Ascent Chief Executive Colin Hutchinson.

"We are pleased that the self-interest of one individual should no longer block the commercial interests of Ascent, even if they delay the principal benefits that will accrue from the project to the Slovenian state," Hutchinson added.