Mining and Petroleum

Flaring at the Scott Township fracking well in Pennsylvania.

Flaring at the Scott Township fracking well in Pennsylvania. | Credit: WCN 24/7.

In Argentina, the environmental authority granted a permit for Petrolera El Trebol to explore and exploit four oil wells conventionally (without using fracking) near Llancanelo Lagoon, a wetland of international importance. Months later, the company decided to frack the wells. The government...
March against fracking in San Martín, Colombia

March against fracking in San Martín, Colombia. | Credit: Esperanza Proxima / Flickr.

Since early 2016, the residents of San Martín, 300 miles north of Bogotá in the department of Cesar, Colombia, have mobilized, protested, and peacefully resisted the government’s plans to begin fracking in their municipality. If our governments are committed to continuing to drill for fossil fuels...
On March 26, 2017, 98% of voters in Cajamarca, Colombia decisively rejected mining in their territory.
Reports
Heavily promoted by the United States, the exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbons through fracking has sought to expand into nations throughout the Americas. It has done so despite the fact that none of those governments have comprehensive knowledge of its risks, the serious and irreversible...Read more
Organizations argue that the International Finance Corporation invested in a gold mine without taking into account potential environmental impacts, thereby failing to comply with its own investment standards.Read more
AIDA celebrates SEMARNAT’s decision to deny the environmental authorization of a marine phosphate mine proposed for Ulloa Bay, Baja California Sur.Read more
Fact Sheets
1. Don Diego is a proposed marine mining project in Mexico. Marine mining is a process used to extract metals or minerals from the seabed. The Don Diego proposal calls for dredging seven million tons of phosphate sand from the seabed 19 kilometers off the coast of Baja California Sur. [1] Leftover...Read more
Reports
This report analyzes the viability of using the precautionary principle to prevent, avoid or stop fracking operations in Latin America. These measures can result in prohibitions or moratoriums, as has occurred in various states, provinces and cities across America and Europe. Fracking is a...Read more
Watch Out! The Mining Industry Wants to Dump its Waste in the Ocean

The ocean floor. Credit: Vovan UK/Creative Commons.

By Florencia Ortúzar, AIDA attorney, and Karol Rodríguez, AIDA intern Mining gives rise to a serious problem: toxic waste . Tailings from ore extraction have been known to damage the environment and communities living near dump sites. Responsible management, then, is critical if we desire economic...
France’s Fracking Ban: Lessons for Latin America

Paris, France. Credit: Moyan Brenn/Creative Commons.

By Eugenia D’Angelo, former AIDA intern, @DangeloEugenia Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking—the process of drilling into rock and injecting a mixture of water, chemicals, and sand under high pressure to fracture it and release oil and gas—is making headway around the world, causing increasing damage...