BP’s Fracking Secrets: Pan-American Energy and Argentina’s shale mega-project

7 Dec 2017 anna
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BP plays a leading role in advancing one of the world’s biggest carbon bombs, the Vaca Muerta shale mega-project in Patagonia. BP does not carry out fracking in the UK because the practice would “attract the wrong kind of attention”.

This report by Platform with Observatorio Petrolero Sur reveals BP’s role in pushing forward fracking in Patagonia, as well as the company’s history and worrying track record on safety and environmental impacts.

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BP’s unit Pan American Energy is billed as Argentina’s biggest private oil company. It already runs Argentina’s largest existing oilfield (Cerro Dragon) and is responsible for a quarter of the unconventional gas extraction in Neuquen province. Owned 60% by BP currently, PAE uses its Argentinian minority shareholders – the Bulgheroni family – as its figureheads in Argentina.

Our research reveals:

Credit: Martín Alvarez Mulally / OPSur
Credit: Martín Alvarez Mulally / OPSur
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