Argentina

Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén v. YPF et al.

Jurisdiction: Argentina


Side A: Mapuche Confederation of Neuqu̩n (Ngo)


Side B: Pampa Energia (Corporation)


Side B: Subsecretary of the Environment, the Provision Director of Environmental Situations and Special Residuals Management, and the Provincial Budget Director (Government)


Core objectives:

Indigenous group filed criminal complaint alleging mishandling of toxic fracking waste.


Summary
An indigenous group in Argentina is suing several multinational oil companies as well as local authorities over alleged dumping of toxic waste produced by fracking in the Vaca Muerta shale play in Patagonia. The Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén brought a criminal complaint asserting that the mishandling of toxic waste has resulted in contamination that threatens the environment and public health. The complaint discusses a United Nations report that called on the Argentine government to reconsider the decision to allow fracking in the Vacca Muerta because of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with shale gas development. The complaint seeks a criminal investigation into the waste sites, and names the Argentine energy company YPF, Total, Exxon, Pan American Energy, Pampa Energia, the Secretary of Territorial and Environmental Development, the Subsecretary of the Environment, the Provision Director of Environmental Situations and Special Residuals Management, and the Provincial Budget Director.
Case documents

from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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