Fracking Argentina

La Evolución de la Fracturicación Hidráulica en el País y el Mundo

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Energy needs are once again at the heart of discussions around our society’s development needs. This time the issue is the discovery and future production of shale gas in Argentina.
Incontrovertible scientific evidence now confirms that over the last several centuries of industrial development—due to our more recent accelerated consumption of CO2-emitting fossil fuels, as well as the massive emission of non-CO2 short-life climate pollutants—the accumulation of SLCPs (such as black carbon, methane gas and HFCs) are rapidly driving our global climate and atmosphere into irreversible collapse. While much of the world is slowly turning to explore the largely untapped potential of renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind power) to meet global energy consumption needs, petroleum and gas producers, as well as many fossil fuel rich countries, are insisting on perpetuating global dependence on fossil fuels as the engine for global economic growth and prosperity.

As our knowledge and capacity to utilize renewable energy sources to replace climate deteriorating fossil fuels advances, so does the petroleum sector’s capacity to drill for oil in harder to reach places, such as in the depths of our oceans and deep in the earth’s surface, where after traditional wells are depleted, fossil fuels may lie embedded in rock
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During the oil production boom of the 19th and early 20th centuries, reaching these nonconventionalfuel deposits was not economically feasible. It was simply easier to go for the low hanging fuel in the form of large wells that readily offered ample oil deposits ready for extraction. But as these wells dried up, the technology necessary to extract harder to reach reserves, such as shale gas, improved, and therefore the options for propagating an economic model dependent on fossil fuel survives.

s an organization, we oppose the continued reliance on fossil fuels to underpin Argentina’s supposed global economic development. In a country with ample solar and wind potential, we cannot accept a national development model where long-term developmentimplies the short-term destruction of our delicate global ecosystem. There
is also a global ethical question at play in this decision; we need to think locally, but we must also act globally. The continued reliance on fossil fuels to satisfy our energy needs is simply not a viable solution.(…) read more>>>

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