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Ukrainian shale gas and the Biden family: they can return

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Ukrainian shale gas and the Biden family: they can return

On May 17, the American publication Politico reported that the oldest US senator, Joe Biden, announced his plans for Donald Trump in the event of his victory in the presidential election, promising to bring Trump to criminal punishment for his possible crimes.


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It can be assumed that Biden is driven by a personal motive. After all, it was the current US president who influenced the Ukrainian prosecutor's office to investigate the activities in Ukraine of the son of ex-vice president Hunter Biden, who was a member of the board of directors of the gas company Burisma.

Moreover, as Trump himself claimed in a March interview with Fox News, Biden’s Ukrainian “exploits” will be the main theme that he plans to promote during the election campaign.

Great benefits for a small company


The biggest successes of the relatively modest Ukrainian gas production campaign Burisma surprisingly coincided with the appearance of Hunter Biden on its board of directors. Another coincidence was that Hunter's father, US Vice President Joe Biden, was actively in charge of the Ukrainian direction at that time.

Although Burisma positions itself as the largest private gas producer in Ukraine, its share in this industry is no more than five percent. It is difficult to say how great Hunter Biden's contribution to the company was, but according to various sources, his salary ranged from 50 to 150 thousand dollars a month. And although the company did not extract so much, it clearly enjoyed the patronage of the Ukrainian authorities. After all, Burisma could receive more mining licenses than all other Ukrainian companies combined. For example, in 2017, she received 29 licenses, and DTEK Neftegaz Rinat Akhmetova received only three.

Ukrainian shale revolution


It is believed that the company where Hunter Biden worked was able to obtain the rights to develop the largest in Ukraine Yuzovskoye gas field, whose deposits are located in the Kharkov and Donetsk regions, through the Dutch “laying company”, through the Netherlands. Its reserves are estimated from 150 to 450 billion cubic meters.


Previously, Shell was going to develop shale gas there, but the outbreak of war in the Donbas forced them to abandon this idea.

Immediately there was information that the shale market of Ukraine wanted to capture Biden through the company Burisma. It is possible that it was so. But if you believe the investigation of Ukrainian journalists of the portal Realist, their plan is even more grandiose. Moreover, he had a very distant relationship with the “shale revolution” in Ukraine.

The fact is that the production of shale gas at great depths is technically difficult and requires significant investments. And the cost of such production is high. Yes and no, Ukrainian companies have neither experience nor equipment for this yet.

In general, Burisma went the other way. They decided to declare that they would extract shale gas by the method of fracking, paying to the treasury payments at a reduced rate. But in fact, they were going to produce gas at a shallow depth in the traditional way. Actually, such actions can be called fraud.

Shale gas in Ukraine today


Although Ukraine is an importer of gas, it also has its own reserves, and quite decent ones. For example, according to data from 2018, of the 32 billion cubic meters used in the country, only ten were purchased abroad.

The development of Ukrainian natural gas fields began under Soviet rule, in the 50-70s of the last century. And although they are almost exhausted today, there is still something in the “bins”. Of course, these reserves are not enough for Ukraine to meet its needs. And even if you drill more wells, production will not increase much.

Therefore, in Kiev, they decided to actively use non-traditional methods. At the state level, at the beginning of this year they even adopted an action plan to increase gas production. They relied on ultra-deep drilling, development of the offshore shelf and the production of shale gas. And although all these plans on paper look impressive, it is not clear where Kiev is going to borrow money to raise the gas industry. Especially in the current conditions, when low gas prices lengthen the payback period of projects.

The Biden return to Ukraine


The US presidential election is just around the corner. If you believe the polls, then the chances of Joe Biden to win are even slightly higher than that of Trump.

And if Biden's victory happens, then his son Hunter could theoretically return to Ukraine to crush the gas production industry in this country. Himself or through affiliates. Moreover, Zelensky behaves as docile as his predecessor.

True, in this case, Joe Biden would have to break one of his main campaign promises, and American voters may not forgive this. He promised that if he was elected to the post of President of the United States, he would forbid his family from doing business outside the country. That is, Hunter was ordered to Ukraine. But, as is usually the case in such matters, there are numerous circles of the lobby, companies-distributors, offshore accounts and other tools and objects through which the same Biden Jr. can conduct his affairs without attracting much attention.

And the father, of course, will try to have a green light everywhere for his son.
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  1. Mitroha
    Mitroha 18 May 2020 07: 12 New
    +5
    Therefore, in Kiev, they decided to actively use non-traditional methods.

    That's not in the eyebrow, but in the eye.
    What authorities, such and methods
  2. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 18 May 2020 07: 16 New
    -4
    Ukrainian shale gas and the Biden family: they can return. the father, of course, will try to have a green light for his son everywhere. Zelensky behaves as docile
    It is unlikely that Biden can imagine, but Ukraine is no longer cheaply sold, sold expensively, she needs loot, and the EU no longer gives it. request
    1. aybolyt678
      aybolyt678 18 May 2020 09: 05 New
      +4
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      but Ukraine is no longer sold cheaply, sold expensively

      Americans do not buy countries, they buy politicians
    2. Lelek
      Lelek 18 May 2020 17: 58 New
      -2
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      Biden can imagine himself, but ...

      hi
      Trump in the rating began to lose to Biden, but the other day he launched an attack on an opponent with a Ukrainian "baton". Biden fantasizes, and Trump acts, but the result of the exchange of blows is still at the level of a draw.
  3. knn54
    knn54 18 May 2020 07: 25 New
    +1
    Zelensky said that Ukraine is under no obligation to investigate or not investigate a case involving Biden’s son.
    EVERYTHING depends on the outcome of the US election.
    1. Mitroha
      Mitroha 18 May 2020 08: 16 New
      +1
      Quote: knn54
      Zelensky said that Ukraine is under no obligation to investigate or not investigate a case involving Biden’s son.

      Here is a weather vane. It’s as if it’s not about the property of Ukraine.
      1. Andrei Nikolaevich
        Andrei Nikolaevich 18 May 2020 08: 30 New
        +1
        He is not a weather vane. He (Zelensky) is the choice of 75 percent of the people of the outskirts. Such a, people ..
        1. Mitroha
          Mitroha 18 May 2020 09: 13 New
          +7
          This is not Zelensky’s choice of 75% of Ukrainians, this 75% was against Poroshenko. And as a result, nothing has changed, except for the surname. What did Zelensky do from his promises?
          1. Andrei Nikolaevich
            Andrei Nikolaevich 18 May 2020 09: 35 New
            0
            No need to twist booty. Late. Chose, let them continue to live.
      2. Lelek
        Lelek 18 May 2020 18: 00 New
        +1
        Quote: Mitroha
        Here is the weather vane.

        hi
        You are wrong. Not a weather vane, but a wrapper of Roshen candy. bully
    2. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 18 May 2020 08: 50 New
      +1
      Quote: knn54
      EVERYTHING depends on the outcome of the US election.

      Logically, wait and see.
      1. Zmeuka
        Zmeuka 18 May 2020 11: 28 New
        +1
        Quote: tihonmarine
        Quote: knn54
        EVERYTHING depends on the outcome of the US election.

        Logically, wait and see.

        So yes, Vlad! But I remember in 2014-2015, the territory of Donbass was actually sold to the Biden family, as an object of shale gas production, etc. (Amers ran there with cookies for good reason)
        But shale gas and oil is an environmental disaster in fact .. (sulfuric acid is pumped into shale and something happens there reaction)
        Donbass rebelled and Russia supported! Is the second run over now?
        1. antivirus
          antivirus 18 May 2020 12: 02 New
          0
          everything has a price - and the Russian deal with the US on oil - soybean with GMOs will go to Russia. more soybeans - less biden on the outskirts.
          1. Zmeuka
            Zmeuka 18 May 2020 12: 41 New
            +1
            Quote: antivirus
            everything has a price - and the Russian deal with the US on oil - soybean with GMOs will go to Russia. more soybeans - less biden on the outskirts.

            Russia has already eaten soy sausage and GMO meat with fruits. No one is buying, no matter how beautiful labels and prices are ..
            The same pensioners already prefer to buy a small piece of meat from a private trader than a huge piece of chicken or meat with a beautiful color in a five, etc. ..
            I’m buying Belarusian stew, the meat is normal, and the meat is only from private traders and it’s checked up (there are swindlers who buy meat, it’s incomprehensible somewhere and pass it off as local ... like a ladybug that ran and ate green grass on the expanse of open spaces, and not on a farm in a stall received injections for growth and fat content ....
        2. tihonmarine
          tihonmarine 18 May 2020 12: 28 New
          +1
          Quote: Zmeuka
          But shale gas and oil is an environmental disaster in fact .. (sulfuric acid is pumped into shale and something happens there reaction)
          Donbass rebelled and Russia supported! Is the second run over now?

          This is what I saw in Arizona.
          And in other places no better.
          1. Zmeuka
            Zmeuka 18 May 2020 12: 31 New
            +2
            Quote: tihonmarine
            This is what I saw in Arizona.

            I haven’t seen any thanks and it’s very impressive ... They wanted to turn the Donbass into it! hi
            1. tihonmarine
              tihonmarine 18 May 2020 13: 43 New
              0
              Quote: Zmeuka
              ... Here they wanted to turn the Donbass into it!

              They have their own country, that Donbas.
              1. Zmeuka
                Zmeuka 18 May 2020 13: 51 New
                -1
                Quote: tihonmarine
                Quote: Zmeuka
                ... Here they wanted to turn the Donbass into it!

                They have their own country, that Donbas.

                They are mining this business in their deserts .. The difference is big hi
                No wonder the law on the sale of land on the outskirts of Chernozem adopted cut and continue such rocking!
                1. tihonmarine
                  tihonmarine 18 May 2020 14: 17 New
                  +1
                  Quote: Zmeuka
                  No wonder the law on the sale of land on the outskirts of Chernozem adopted cut and continue such rocking!

                  It’s even scary to imagine what will happen. And in the states they are not only in the desert. The picture is horrible, and the smell is horrible.
                  1. Nikolay Ivanov_5
                    Nikolay Ivanov_5 18 May 2020 20: 46 New
                    +1
                    Parasites die and ruin the world so that after them life is impossible. A depressing sight. How can this be?
                    1. tihonmarine
                      tihonmarine 19 May 2020 08: 36 New
                      +2
                      Quote: Nikolay Ivanov_5
                      Parasites die and ruin the world so that after them life is impossible. A depressing sight. How can this be?

                      Look how the defenders of slate are minus, the US adherents are already choking with bile.
                  2. Lelek
                    Lelek 19 May 2020 16: 32 New
                    0
                    Quote: tihonmarine
                    It’s even scary to imagine what will happen.

                    hi
                    And this is the most "scary" and will be, since the promise of the "brawn" to punish the culprit in collusion with the Biden clan - Waltzman turned out to be an empty phrase. Meanwhile, Ukrainian journalists unearthed evidence of this conspiracy, as a result of which Waltzman tripled his fortune.
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        4. Argon prime
          Argon prime 26 May 2020 13: 02 New
          0
          Agreements on gas production were signed under Yanukovych, as early as 13 or 12. About an environmental disaster - a dumb horror story. Google to help shorter ...
  4. 1536
    1536 18 May 2020 07: 32 New
    +4
    "Sometimes they come back" ... Here it is, this is universal evil!
    And as usual this happens peacefully, imperceptibly, and now, you are already in a different reality, in a sort of Gogol's Dikanka, where it’s funny, bitter and scary at the same time.
    And then an ecological disaster from shale oil production, first in the Kharkiv region, and then in the adjacent regions of Russia, is guaranteed to us. And to which headquarters should the missiles with nuclear warheads be sent if the "new order" is established by mutual agreement?
    "Fear Danians bringing gifts!"
  5. svp67
    svp67 18 May 2020 07: 57 New
    +1
    Ukrainian shale gas and the Biden family: they can return
    Sometimes they come back ... And this means that the war in the Donbass will flare up with renewed vigor.
    The oldest US senator, Joe Biden, announced his plans for Donald Trump in the event of his victory in the presidential election, promising to achieve criminal punishment for Trump for his possible crimes.
    If he suddenly wins and does not die of "unspeakable joy" at the same time, then I have little faith that he will put Trump in prison, but it would be funny to look at it. It is interesting that Trump will regret then that Clinton did not send to jail for her crimes, although he promised
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 18 May 2020 08: 52 New
      +1
      Quote: svp67
      If he suddenly wins and does not die of "unspeakable joy" at the same time, then I have little faith that he will jail Trump, but it would be interesting to look at it.

      Biden has a desire, but by American standards "Wishlist has not grown."
      1. svp67
        svp67 18 May 2020 08: 58 New
        +1
        Quote: tihonmarine
        Biden has a desire, but by American standards "Wishlist has not grown."

        Soon we will see what has "grown or withered"
  6. Vitaly Tsymbal
    Vitaly Tsymbal 18 May 2020 07: 58 New
    +2
    I have a slightly different opinion, although the stated position has the right to be, but whether only one shale gas requiring huge investments is of interest to the Biden in Ukraine, I think not. Most likely, you are interested in a pipe, which, without much spending of money, can bring good profit, if the pipe is owned by a private trader from over the hill, and the locals will receive "beads"? Trump is a lobbyist for American manufacturers, Biden is a lobbyist for American globalists. One stuffs the purse of his family at the expense of the "best in the world" American beads, the other - at the expense of pumping out the wealth of other countries in exchange for their own beads.
    1. major147
      major147 18 May 2020 11: 00 New
      +3
      Quote: Vitaly Tsymbal
      Most likely, a pipe is interesting, which, without a particular waste of money, is able to bring good profit,

      That's just their European mongrel with such zeal against the new Russian gas pipelines to Europe. What’s simpler, cut off bypass gas pipelines, drive Russian gas into the hose and cut loot, twisting the hands of the supplier and the buyer! And even in general it is possible to block in favor of mattresses.
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  8. Revolver
    Revolver 18 May 2020 08: 18 New
    +8
    Biden is unlikely to become president. Whenever he opens his mouth, he issues pearl after pearl. Well, let's say that he is running for the Senate (he was once a senator indeed). Or accuses Trump that millions of Americans died from the virus (confused the numbers of the dead and those who lost their jobs). Elections are traditionally preceded by three rounds of televised debates, and all observers agree that Trump will tear Biden like a Tuzik heating pad in them. And in general, there is a suspicion that Biden is already suffering from senile dementia, and democratic leaders push him out not from a good life, but to prevent Bernie Sanders, who has three signs disqualifying him in the eyes of American voters, is, first, a Jew, secondly, anti-Semite, and thirdly, considers himself a socialist and looks with his election program a mixture of anarchist and communist. The Democrats' only hope is that everyone who doesn't like Trump will vote for Biden. But such people would rather not be bothered to vote, and besides, many of them like Biden even less. And one more detail: according to the polls, those who voted for Trump in 2016, almost all (over 90%) are going to vote for him again.
    1. tech3030
      tech3030 18 May 2020 09: 03 New
      0
      Jewish anti-Semite and it happens?
      1. major147
        major147 18 May 2020 11: 01 New
        +5
        Quote: tech3030
        Jewish anti-Semite and it happens?

        It all depends on the amount of bonus.
      2. Revolver
        Revolver 18 May 2020 16: 09 New
        0
        Quote: tech3030
        Jewish anti-Semite and it happens?

        Jews who renounce Jewry become militant anti-Semites. The same Sanders proposed imposing sanctions on Israel and providing assistance to Gaza, i.e. Hamasu.
    2. dzvero
      dzvero 18 May 2020 09: 09 New
      +2
      Anti-Semitic Jew ... an interesting president will come out of him smile
    3. Altona
      Altona 18 May 2020 09: 25 New
      +6
      Quote: Nagan
      Biden is unlikely to become president. Whenever he opens his mouth, he issues pearl after pearl.

      -----------------------------
      So I also thought so literally three or four months ago. Even the comment somewhere is stored in the annals of those here, he did not dig. Then leftist old man Bernie Sanders taxied, he covered Biden with a rating like a bull to a sheep. But Bernie Democrats took advantage and nullified for the sake of this elusive Joe. In general, the guy confidently leads to the goal, although he is not.
  9. rocket757
    rocket757 18 May 2020 08: 19 New
    0
    "normal such protection" by the big tiny ones! nothing new in principle.
  10. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 18 May 2020 08: 27 New
    +3
    Hai lives nezal Ezhna Bidenina. And rename Kiev - in Bidengrad. Here it is pan-happiness.))
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 18 May 2020 08: 57 New
      +1
      Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
      And rename Kiev - in Bidengrad.

      Bydensity will sound prettier.
    2. major147
      major147 18 May 2020 11: 03 New
      +2
      Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
      Hai lives nezal Ezhna Bidenina.

      "Bidenschina"! hi
  11. ZaharoFF
    ZaharoFF 18 May 2020 08: 38 New
    +3
    And if Biden's victory happens, then his son Hunter could theoretically return to Ukraine to crush the gas production industry in this country.

    The pipe, they are interested, primarily the pipe. Everything else is secondary. If transit comes to naught, and this happens someday, interest in neighbors will be no more than in Georgia - they marred and abandoned.
  12. Prisoner
    Prisoner 18 May 2020 08: 48 New
    +4
    "Moreover, as Trump himself argued in March ... Biden's 'exploits' will become the main topic that he plans to promote during the election campaign" (c) what It is unlikely that Bayden's "exploits" in any colony will particularly excite American voters. Especially for many of them that Limpopo, that Ukraine is one devil.
  13. Eug
    Eug 18 May 2020 08: 51 New
    +4
    It seems that Barack Obama's wife Michelle is going to go to the polls in conjunction with Biden as vice president. Many observers consider this a powerful move, seriously increasing the chances of Democrats in the elections. “Playing for Trump,” I would try to “merge” the negative from the coronavirus on the medical reform of Barack Obama and, accordingly, on the Democrats.
  14. Sancho_SP
    Sancho_SP 18 May 2020 09: 47 New
    +1
    Somehow all this looks petty for geopolitics. Thieves licenses for the sake of less than 5% of production, saving on taxes (issuing one type of drilling after another), a salary of 150 thousand dollars a month ....
  15. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 18 May 2020 10: 19 New
    0
    Trump should be proactive and put Hilary Clinton first ... there is something ...
  16. Normal ok
    Normal ok 18 May 2020 11: 25 New
    -2
    Already in the title says: nonsense.
  17. iouris
    iouris 18 May 2020 12: 18 New
    +2
    After the separation into parts of Russia, it was possible to create a "democratic" state, i.e. the state of the US Democratic Party - "Ukraine".
  18. Undecim
    Undecim 18 May 2020 12: 32 New
    +4
    It is believed that the company where Hunter Biden worked was able to obtain the rights to develop the largest in Ukraine Yuzovskoye gas field, whose deposits are located in the Kharkov and Donetsk regions, through the Dutch “laying company”, through the Netherlands. Its reserves are estimated from 150 to 450 billion cubic meters.
    The bullshit is full. The right to develop the Yuzovskoye gas field belongs to the British-Dutch company Shell, which won the tender back in 2012 with ExxonMobil and TNK-BP. Projected reserves are between 2 and 4 trillion m³ of shale gas.
    In 2015, after conducting geological exploration, the project was closed due to its economic inexpediency.
    There was never Biden in this project.
  19. cniza
    cniza 18 May 2020 13: 03 New
    +3
    He promised that if elected to the post of US president, he would forbid his family from doing business outside the country. That is, Hunter is ordered to Ukraine.


    He’s old, he’ll say that he forgot ...
  20. Yuri Mikhailovsky
    Yuri Mikhailovsky 18 May 2020 22: 07 New
    0
    I’ve got it, but I really want to ...
  21. Bat039
    Bat039 19 May 2020 00: 36 New
    +2
    Donbass Kiev does not control ... How much more will Kiev be able to control Kharkov is also a question ...
    1. iouris
      iouris 19 May 2020 18: 16 New
      0
      Quote: Bat039
      Donbass Kiev does not control ...

      But Germany controls Kiev, i.e. the fourth Reich carries out Drang nach Osten. The question is: how will it be stopped and why did they contribute to its creation and strengthening?
      1. Bear040
        Bear040 20 May 2020 11: 23 New
        +1
        The fourth Reich is the United States, and Germany is a country occupied by Washington.
        1. iouris
          iouris 20 May 2020 22: 14 New
          0
          It is, of course, yes. And if the occupation ends, who will be occupied?
          1. Kestrel
            Kestrel 21 May 2020 00: 59 New
            +2
            Difficult question. Maybe no one. In any case, the army of neighboring Poland today is much stronger than the German.
  22. Yuri Mikhailovsky
    Yuri Mikhailovsky 21 May 2020 15: 51 New
    0
    They ALL stand each other. And, most importantly, in the USA, these verbal and paper battles do not play a role in the elections. Battles in abandoned gardens.
  23. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 22 May 2020 13: 17 New
    0
    And when Ukraine received income from the resale of gas in the EU. But the shop closed. Even coal is bought, it is not known where and from whom. )
  24. Radius
    Radius 23 May 2020 20: 45 New
    +1
    [quote = tihonmarine] [quote = Zmeuka] And in other places no better.
    [/ Quote]
    This is not shale gas. This is oil production from tar sands. And on the top photo is the most common oil field. Yes, the picture is not pleasant ...
  25. Argon prime
    Argon prime 26 May 2020 13: 26 New
    -1
    Quote: tihonmarine
    Quote: Zmeuka
    But shale gas and oil is an environmental disaster in fact .. (sulfuric acid is pumped into shale and something happens there reaction)
    Donbass rebelled and Russia supported! Is the second run over now?

    This is what I saw in Arizona.
    And in other places no better.


    Main article: Arizona Economy
    Arizona's GRP for 2004 was $ 187,27 billion. If Arizona were independent, it would occupy 61st place in the world in terms of GDP and be ahead of Norway, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Finland and New Zealand. Arizona ranks 21st in the United States in terms of economic development.

    GDP per capita is $ 27, the 232th in the country. [Source not specified 39 days] Copper mining is an important sector of the economy, providing 3662/2 of copper production in the country. This state ranks first in copper production in the country. The largest copper deposit is San Manuel.

    All the largest industrial enterprises in the state are concentrated in the areas of the cities of Phoenix and Tucson. The majority of the state’s population lives here.

    You could not see anything there. Photo of 2009, California. What’s lower is Canada, yes, oil shale mining, but there are completely different conditions.
  26. Argon prime
    Argon prime 26 May 2020 13: 32 New
    0
    Quote: Vitaliy Tsymbal
    I have a slightly different opinion, although the stated position has the right to be, but whether only one shale gas requiring huge investments is of interest to the Biden in Ukraine, I think not. Most likely, you are interested in a pipe, which, without much spending of money, can bring good profit, if the pipe is owned by a private trader from over the hill, and the locals will receive "beads"? Trump is a lobbyist for American manufacturers, Biden is a lobbyist for American globalists. One stuffs the purse of his family at the expense of the "best in the world" American beads, the other - at the expense of pumping out the wealth of other countries in exchange for their own beads.

    Trumpet? To refuse transit through Ukraine, Russia is building the Nord Stream, South Stream, I don’t know what else is there ... The end is to the pipe anyway. Call quickly Biden, he probably does not know!