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Sixty earthquakes in ten days, the reality of an Argentine fracking town

A round of tremors beginning on July 16 has its epicenter in the Argentine locality of Sauzal Bonito, a town in the southern province of Neuquén surrounded by a strip of locations where hydrocarbon exploitation involving fracking takes place. The situation could be worsened by the use of more aggressive tech-packs and the increase in … Seguir leyendo Sixty earthquakes in ten days, the reality of an Argentine fracking town


Argentina: New Victims of Energy Poverty in the Land of Fracking

By OPSur / Translated by Terrotorio de ideas .- Aguada San Roque is a small town located 160 km from Neuquen city, in the Argentine Patagonia, and 60 km from the town of Añelo, “National Capital of Unconventional Hydrocarbons”. Some members of that rural community —businessmen and local authorities— dream of tying the place’s destiny … Seguir leyendo Argentina: New Victims of Energy Poverty in the Land of Fracking


Report: The by-product from Fracking at Vaca Muerta

This report makes it clear that one of the main processing companies in charge of the highly toxic, hazardous waste produced by fracking repeatedly violates the standing legislation. Moreover, it confirms that successive government administrations have been aware of this situation for years, however they have reissued their permits and hurriedly approved new projects. This … Seguir leyendo Report: The by-product from Fracking at Vaca Muerta


Southern Patagonia: Argentina promotes extreme energies at the south of the continent

By Víctor Quilaqueo / OPSur.- The announcements and negotiations to increase gas exploration and exploitation shows once again the central role of hydrocarbons in the country’s economic life. In the midst of the pandemic and climate crisis, the “Plan Gas 4” combined corporate expectations with the design of a legal and technical framework. The four-year … Seguir leyendo Southern Patagonia: Argentina promotes extreme energies at the south of the continent


France: strike at Total’s Grandpuits refinery for a real energy transition

Workers at Total’s Grandpuit refinery, in the Paris region, have been on strike and mobilized for 45 days. On January 26 the workers painted the Total Tower green to denounce the ‘greenwashing’1 carried out by the oil company to justify job cuts. By A Planeta and OPsur .- The strike has been provoked by an unjust social plan and a … Seguir leyendo France: strike at Total’s Grandpuits refinery for a real energy transition


We’ve Been Bamboozled! Fracking and Big Fortunes in Argentina

A bill seeking to introduce a one-time wealth tax—the so-called “Extraordinary Solidarity Contribution”—has been preliminary approved by the lower house of the Argentine Congress. 25% of the proceeds are earmarked for gas exploration and exploitation, which represents a third of YPF’s planned investments for 2020. The priority is to reactivate the unconventional play Vaca Muerta. … Seguir leyendo We’ve Been Bamboozled! Fracking and Big Fortunes in Argentina


Norway at the Forefront: Extreme Energy Projects in the Argentine Sea

The Argentine Sea is vast, and abundant, and there are not only fish in it: the significant potential oil and gas reserves piqued the interest of Argentina’s government and the big oil companies. Photo: Clyde Thomas @Unsplash By Victor Quilaqueo / OPSur The  companies advancing on the Argentine Sea’s ultra-deep reservoirs have diverse origins. Equinor, … Seguir leyendo Norway at the Forefront: Extreme Energy Projects in the Argentine Sea