Parliamentarians from different Latin American countries such as Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina called days ago in Buenos Aires for the end of fracking in the region, which, they warned, is one of the main current attacks on the environment, within a meeting organized by the NGO 350 .org.
At the event, held in the Argentine Congress, numerous representatives of social organizations participated in the international conference "Climate change and environmental crisis: the dangers of fracking and alternatives for Latin America", which had the support of numerous political leaders. (Read: No fracking project has been authorized in the country: ANH)
According to the organizers of the event, given the current international situation, with the rise to power of climate change deniers such as the president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, it is very necessary to bet on renewable energy and put the fight back on the table against climate change.
This was stated by the director of 350.org for Brazil and Latin America, Nicole Oliveira, who denounced that the latest international agreements reached to fight global warming "are not binding" nor do they contemplate sanctions for States that do not comply with the regulations. (Read also: Dangers of ‘fracking’ or unconventional hydrocarbon exploration)
According to Oliveira, who thanked the support of the politicians attending the conference, the planet's temperature is reaching record levels that speak of an urgent need to ask countries to stop global warming.
However, he asked society not to wait for a "greater force" to protect the environment, but to actively participate to make possible a change of mentality in the leaders in this type of problem.
The event was especially focused on the dangers of the oil and gas extraction technique known as "hydraulic fracturing" or "fracking", which consists of injecting water at very high pressures into the subsoil to explode the pockets of hydrocarbons that store the rocks in your pores.
On this matter, Argentine senator Fernando Solana assured Efe that the exploitation of hydrocarbons through fracking is "a real attack and a mockery against climate change, water and nature", since extraction, he said, consists in injecting 25 million liters of water into each well.
In addition, he denounced that Argentina was placed thanks to its Vaca Muerta field, located between the Argentine provinces of Neuquén, Río Negro, La Pampa and Mendoza, as the international spearhead of this type of obtaining highly polluting hydrocarbons.
The senator of the Broad Progressive Front (FAP) for the province of Río Negro Magdalena Odarda assured for her part that in her region the consequences of fracking "are very painful", especially, she specified, for the producers of pears and apples who have to compete with multinationals for access to water.
"There are people in the areas near the deposits that open the tap in the field and the water comes out black. Nobody gives them explanations," explained the leader, who added that this problem is especially serious for the poor neighborhoods of the area.
Also present at the event were the Uruguayan senator Carol Aviaga, the Argentine deputy Alcira Argumedo, the Brazilian Juliano Bueno, coordinator of 350.org Climate Campaigns and Ignacio Zavaleta, member of the Assembly for Fracking Free Territories, among other politicians and activists .
The NGO arrived from Brazil accompanied by a group of journalists who will culminate the meeting with a trip this weekend to active wells in Río Negro, which will also include interviews with apple growers and an overflight of the Vaca Muerta reserve.