On February 4th, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reiterated at a press conference that in his government there will be no hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, for the extraction of hydrocarbons: “No to fracking, that is the commitment. Perhaps due to inertia, the use of this technology for the extraction of oil or gas was established, but it will not be used. It’s a promise. We are authentic environmentalists,” he said, in keeping with his campaign promises.
This statement contrasts with what was said in previous days by the Secretary of Energy, Rocio Nahle, who during her participation in the Energy Forum 2019 organized by the consulting firms EnergeA and HCX, and E.J. Krause Tarsus, stressed that Mexico will use the technique of fracking to enable or increase the extraction of gas and oil, but announced that the most advanced and lower environmental impact technology will be used.
It should also be mentioned that the use of fracking is contemplated in the 2019 budget with a budget of 3,350 million pesos for the application of this technique, as reported by the Mexican civil grouping CartoCritica and the international environmentalist Henrich Böll. They have also questioned the fact that the president has not announced any action tending to cancel the fracture operations in the 7,879 wells that already operate with this technique in the country, which amount to 36,159 fractures. “Until it is prohibited in the legislation, fracking will continue in force in Mexico, despite the fact that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged not to allow this technique anymore”, warned the Mexican Alliance against Fracking.
For more information in Spanish:
No habrá fracking en México, reitera López Obrador (El financiero, 4 de febrero de 2019)
AMLO niega recurrir al ‘fracking’ en su Gobierno y contradice a Nahle (Tribuna, 4 de febrero de 2019)
Pese a promesa de frenarla, gobierno de AMLO presupuestó 3 mil mdp para la técnica de fracking (Animal Político, 25 de enero de 2019)
El fracking no se ha detenido en México: hay 7,879 pozos, y se han realizado 36,159 fracturaciones (Sin Embargo, 24 de enero de 2019)
Si no se legisla, el fracking seguirá vigente en México: ONG (Proceso, 24 de enero de 2019)
¿Ya no habrá más fracking en México? (Cartocrítica 2019)
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