The Rio Negro Legislature approved the construction of an oil pipeline and oil port near San Matias Bay. Legislative processing was swift, the first meeting was on August 25, three days after it entered parliament. Since then, support has been almost unanimous there was only one vote against by the legislator Paul Barreno on the front of everyone. While some argue this is an opportunity for development, others warn that environmental destruction appears to be the only answer provincial and state governments have to emerge from an economic crisis.
The modification would allow the creation of an export port in the Persian Gulf region and would have control over the pipelines that pass through the Rio Negro.
Specifically, the rule change would allow for the creation of an export port in the Persian Gulf region and control over pipelines that pass through the Rio Negro. In this way, the province has the opportunity to be part of the investment project that has YPF or another company that operates hydrocarbon services.
“Today, we have more than 22 pipelines that pass through the territory of the Rio Negro. What we are proposing, first of all, is to add or give powers and competences to the provincial application authorities so that they can monitor and control these pipes that pass through our territory,” he announced. Sebastian Caldieroprovincial legislature promulgating the amendment and familiar with energy matters in communication with TheAuditor.info.
In turn, he added that until last week, Rio Negro was the only province with access to the Atlantic Ocean that was not allowed to have an offshore oil and gas export platform.
A dead cow
“Any export project is of great interest to the Argentine nation,” the lawmaker said. In turn, he explained that once the domestic market is supplied, an export base will be needed to give continuity to greater oil production and gas in Dead Cow.
It should be noted that Vaca Muerta is a geological formation of shale (shale oil and shale gas) located in the Neuquén Basin, which passes through Neuquén, Río Negro, La Pampa and Mendoza and has an area of 30,000 square kilometers. It represents the world’s second largest reserve of unconventional gas and the fourth from unconventional oil.
The method used for this process is fracking and consists in the extraction of oil and gas trapped in rocks at a depth of more than 3 thousand meters by injecting water, sand and chemical compounds under pressure, which generate cracks in these rocks and allow the release of hydrocarbons to the surface.
“We can supplement the records made by the nation with physical control of the condition of the facilities, the integrity of the pipelines, the development of their management plans and their expansion and modernization projects into the equation,” agreed Caldiero.
The lawmaker, on the other hand, confirmed that the development of the port is generating new commercial and industrial activity in the province, both in terms of labor and tax collection. In return, the lawyer stressed that over the past year “Argentina had to import diesel“.
against the modification
On the other hand, the Foundation for the Environment and Natural Resources (FARN) spoke out against these changes, considering them unconstitutional and that they do not meet the protection of the environment, since “all residents have the right to enjoy a healthy environment, free from factors harmful to health.
In addition, the Foundation pointed out that “a model absolutely dependent on fossil fuels while it is necessary and urgent for the world to turn to other cleaner energy alternatives that do not cause environmental disasters in the world”.
“The destruction of nature seems to be the only plan that the provincial and national authorities have to get out of the economic crisis,” said Santiago Cane, FARN.
“The destruction of nature seems to be the only plan provincial and state governments have for getting out of an economic crisis,” he said. Santiago CaneFARN Legal Coordinator.
In this sense, the NGO denounced that “there is no information about the citizens, nor citizen participation. Decisions are made behind the scenes, only the interests of business and the IMF are listened to, which insists that the country generate currency to pay the foreign debt.”
where will the port be?
San Matias Bay is about 148 kilometers deep with a width at its mouth of about 118 kilometers. Inside are the ports of San Antonio Oeste, San Antonio Este and Punta Colorada. It is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. In the north it starts from Punta Bermeja and ends in the south at Valdez Peninsuladeclares A natural heritage of humanity.
More specifically, Punta Colorada has the depth of water necessary for the movement of deep-draft vessels, and in addition, there are large areas of land that will be used for the installation of plants.
Likewise, FARN warned of the great diversity and abundance of benthic invertebrates, fish, birds and marine mammals that inhabit the Islote Lobos National Park, near the Persian Gulf, in Punta Colorada.
The foundation also stated that this situation exposes the need to carry out a strategic environmental assessment of the current energy model.