‘Energy Independence’: Critics Turn Up Heat on Croatian LNG Plan

Jelena Prtoric Omisalj, Zagreb, Vilnius

Environmentalists and locals decry it. Experts call it a waste of taxpayers’ money. So why is Croatia pressing ahead with a project to turn a top tourist destination into a hub for liquid natural gas?

An aerial view of the LNG terminal construction site. Photo: BIRN

“Obliti privatorum publica curate,” reads the Latin inscription above the town hall door — “Common good should take priority over private matters.”

For Mirela Ahmetovic, mayor of the seaside town of Omisalj on the Croatian island of Krk, it is a maxim to live by. When she should be on vacation, she is in the office discussing the energy project she has been fighting these past three years.

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