Fracking foes succeed in Colombia

Fracking is officially banned in the Colombia, except when it isn’t.

Citizens’ groups there have discovered that licenses have been extended in some regions for hydraulic fracturing, in which high-pressure fluids are used to break up rock formations underground, enabling the easier extraction of oil and gas. 

Yet in one province, a well-organized protest movement, backed by the provincial governor, has managed to stop a fracking project in its tracks.

Protests led to Colombia’s Development Projects Fund terminating a contract that had been extended to a Polish energy company.

Resident opposed to fracking cited the likely harm to water sources in a region dependent on agriculture.

Source: Contagio Radio (activist media, Colombia)

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