The Associated Press reports from Poland that seven people including government officials have been charged with corruption in the granting of licenses for shale gas exploration in that European country.
Bribes of tens of thousands of ziotys were allegedly handed out in the second half of 2011 alone, officials said.
The Internal Security Agency said those arrested included three Environmental Ministry officials, an employee of the state Geology Institute and three representatives of companies involved in shale exploration.
The charges were suspicion of involvement in bribery.
Poland has issued more than 100 licenses for shale exploration to international companies including Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Petrolinvest, the AP reported.
RGES WERE SUSPICION OF INVOLVEMENT IN BRIBERY.
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