Slogans, chants to the rhythm of drums and whistles against the oil exploration which has just been endorsed by the Government in Argentina. The Executive gave the green light to seismic exploration of hydrocarbons what will the oil company do Equinor in three blocks of the North Argentina Basin, located between 300 and 450 kilometers from the coast of Mar del Plata.
The government, which is also based on the country’s energy needs, alleges that the authorization was given after holding a public consultation hearing. However, according to Greenpeace“98% of the participants” objected to the activity. In addition, the environmental organization adds that seismic exploration involves the emission of sounds “so powerful” in the sea that they are capable of damaging marine fauna.
“A blue ocean with whales and dolphins and they say there will be no environmental impact,” asks a protester ironically. “The sea is sacred, you don’t have to touch it, it belongs to all Argentines,” says another. “The University of Tandil did, took all the statistics from all the oil companies and established that there is a 100% probability of accidents.” recalls one of the people who have attended the protest.
Mar del Plata It is the largest resort on the Atlantic coast of Argentina. He lives off tourism and fishing. The mayor of the town will go to court to determine the potential impacts of the activity.
The Norwegian oil company Equinor is the operator of the three areas, although in the main block, CAN 100 -15,000 square kilometers-, it is associated with YPF, controlled by the Argentine State, and with the Anglo-Dutch Shell, and in another, CAN 114, only to YPF.
The oil companies with participation in the three blocks in question agreed to comply with the conditions imposed by the Argentine Government and the “highest international standards” in terms of security and socio-environmental terms, while pointing out, together with the Argentine authorities, the great potential of “offshore” in a country that needs energy to develop.
According to Pablo González, president of YPF, “Argentina has enormous potential in its offshore basin with resources that could equal those in Vaca Muerta,” the colossal formation of unconventional hydrocarbons in southwestern Argentina, and its development could generate a ” profound change “, transforming the country into an energy exporter to the world.
He explained that CAN 100 has the potential to generate 200,000 barrels of oil per day, a volume similar to what YPF, the country’s largest oil company, currently produces in Argentina.
“It is estimated that for its development, investments would amount to more than 6,000 million dollars with a very positive impact on the local supply chain and on the generation of employment. In the development phase, 22,000 direct jobs could be generated. All of it. this impact on a single project “, highlighted González