The oil company Equinor intends to advance with offshore exploration off the Big Island of Tierra del Fuego

It is the same company that Kirchnerism denounced in 2019 for having a Kelpers advisor on its board.

2 de November de 2023 10:33

This is the company that in 2019 was awarded by the government of Mauricio Macri, 7 offshore oil areas on the Argentine maritime coast.

The Norwegian oil company, whose board members include Anne Drinkwater , a professional who was or is an advisor on the matter of the British colonial government that usurps the Malvinas Islands from Argentina; will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 22, to present and debate its marine subsoil exploration project off the East Atlantic coast of the Big Island of Tierra del Fuego.

This is the company that in 2019 was awarded by the government of Mauricio Macri , 7 offshore oil areas on the Argentine maritime coast. All of this, despite the fact that the Kirchnerist opposition demonstrated and documented that its director, Anne Drinkwater , had direct links with the usurpers of the Malvinas and for whom, in 2013; had prepared a roadmap with recommendations for the success of hydrocarbon activity around the islands.

Furthermore, adding new awards in favor of Great Britain, she was also director of Tullow Oil, one of the oil companies that in 2007 operated “7 exploration licenses granted by the island colonial government in the South Malvinas Basin.”

In this case, it is a public hearing that aims to obtain approval to carry out underwater seismic studies on three of the seven blocks that the Macri administration awarded them in May 2019; denominated or numbered as: AUS 105, AUS 106 and MLO 121 , located in the Austral and Malvinas Oeste basins.

Taking all these foundations and tests, in May 2019, Gustavo Melella    -at that time mayor of Río Grande-, asked the Federal Justice for the “annulment” of the international tender Costa Afuera No.   1 launched by the former Minister of Energy and Mining Juan José Aranguren of the government of former President Mauricio Macri , which granted concessions over 18 oil areas of the 32 put up for sale; stating that through the contest the National State granted: "the unilateral, free and indiscriminate delivery of geological information of the Argentine continental shelf", and enabling "any foreign company to present itself (including British nationality and that operated in the Malvinas under the regime). kelper)" which represented "a very serious affront to national sovereignty.

Long exceeding 4 years, the judicial case sleeps in some drawer of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation . Something similar happened in the orbit of the National Executive Branch , who although on December 24, 2021 empowered the Ministry of Energy to review that disastrous bidding process, it did nothing to reverse the same thing that the opposition had denounced.

“Equinor, the same firm that is advancing with studies in the Mar del Plata area,” the Boca de Pozo website also recalls, in addition to reporting that the call for a public hearing was published this Tuesday in the Official Gazette of the Nation.

“At the meeting, the Environmental Impact Study presented by Equinor (…) carried out by the consulting firm Serman y Asociados will be analyzed ,” in addition to “additional information from the consultations and observations made by the control authority,” indicated the specialized media. in oil and energy matters.

In any case, it is worth remembering that the consulting firm Serman also worked or works for the Ministry of Transportation of the Nation and for the General Administration of Ports , for the sovereign integration project between the Big Island of Tierra del Fuego and the continental national area, Crossing through Aguas Argentinas ; and who also advises Nicolas “Nicky” Caputto 's Mirgor group on the controversial deep-water port project north of Río Grande.

Those interested in participating in the public hearing may do so in two ways. The first as listeners to the debate, which will be broadcast on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, which is the link https://www.youtube.com /@ministeriodeambienteydesar2599 . And the second as exhibitors. For which they must be accredited. The registration period for exhibitors will begin this Friday the 3rd at 10 in the morning and will extend until Monday the 20th also at 10 in the morning.

The public hearing will be chaired by the Secretary of Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation of the Nation, Cecilia Nicolini , and will discuss the environmental impact project that will be published on the site https://www.argentina.gob.ar/ambiente

 

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