Servindi, december 8, 2018.- A strong rejection of the so-called Law of Fracking in Peru made the indigenous delegation of AIDESEP at the Climate Summit COP24 held in Katowice, Poland.
Delegates of the Inter-Ethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Forest (AIDESEP) gave out a statement in Spanish and English that has aroused the specialized press interest.
The projects of Law 98/2016-CR, 1525/2016-CR and 2145-2017-PE are denounced for violating the Amazonian life, the rights of the indigenous peoples and "ridicules the social and environmental institution of the country”.
AIDESEP accuses the project of blocking the transition to clean and renewable energies; meanwhile, it reinforces the dependence on fossil energy.
But the most serious thing is that it seeks to impose and institutionalize the death of fracking “degrading human life and the Amazon itself, multiplying the impacts of the global climate crisis about Peru”
Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is an unconventional technique to extract hydrocarbons by breaking down deep rocks, mixing toxic water with underground aquifers and causing volatile toxic gases.
Forbidden in different parts of the world, fracking has already destroyed the basins of the Marañón, Tigre, Corrientes and Amazonas rivers and it is sought to strengthen and apply it in new regions.
AIDESEP regrets the weakness and silence of the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Culture and the Ombudsman in the face of this imminent danger.
It also calls on indigenous, youth, environmental, cultural, trade union and political actors to join forces “to ban the inferno of fracking in the Amazon”.
Finally, it proposes to promote “another economy of full life and not of death, with added value of standing forest and clean, renewable, responsible and sustainable energies”.
Read below the full AIDESEP statement:
Lea a continuación el comunicado completo de AIDESEP:
NO to the criminal ethnocide of “fracking” and its new hydrocarbons law
YES to an Amazon with an Economy and Life Energy and not to death!
For more than 40 years, the hidden crime in the Amazon has been operating, we reject this to continue. It is the technology of extracting hydrocarbons, entering to several kilometers of the subsoil, breaking the "mother rocks" with "chemical pumps" of millions of liters of water with 600 chemical additives, 29 of them carcinogenic (like Radon) and others affecting the brain (55% of them), lungs, liver (72%), endocrine system (44%) and 44% not yet studied in their impact. It is about the "hydraulic fracturing or hydro fracturing unconventional hydrocarbons" (predominating methane, 23 times worse than CO2). Called "Fracking", banned in other countries it is permited in Peru and it continues to kill indigenous and the Amazons.
The basins in the north of the Amazons have been destroyed, thousands of indigenous people with degenerative toxins for life, and the State continues to deceive with ridiculous "actions" and "compensations". Most deposits and lots of hydrocarbons require Fracking and we will not accept that this crime against the Amazon, our peoples, and humanity continues. We hold the State responsible, Ministries of: Energy and Mines, health that do not pronounce anything about it and the politicians who cover it up.
We reject any law, contract or maneuver that impose this catastrophe, as are the projects of Law 98/2016-CR, 1525/2016-CR and 2145-2017-PE, they violate the Amazonian life, our rights as indigenous peoples and ridicules the social and environmental institution of the country, because of the following:
AIDESEP calls for indigenous, youth, environmental, cultural, trade union movements and political actors to join forces to ban the inferno of fracking in the Amazon; reject bills on hydrocarbons; and develop alternatives to the unsuccessful extractive model dependent on fossil energy in the Amazon; promoting another economy of full life and not of death, with added value of standing forest and clean, renewable, responsible and sustainable energies.
Where there are peoples with rights there are forests forever
and without a Living Amazon there is no future for Peru and humanity
National Directive Board of AIDESEP
AIDESEP: 1,800 associated communities in 109 federations and these in 09 regional organizations