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Greenpeace: Argentine sea was sold to oil companies

Christian Fernsby |
Argentina recently approved seismic blasting, the first stage of offshore exploitation, off the coast of the province of Buenos Aires.

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"Essentially, the Argentine sea was sold to oil companies. These dirty projects do not benefit anyone other than the corporations involved and only bring destruction to biodiversity and the way of life of coastal communities who live in a sustainable relationship with the sea", Greenpeace said.

That’s why, for the first time, together with supporters from all over Argentina, scientific groups and environmental organizations, Greenpeace Argentina filed a legal complaint and an injunction against the Argentinian State, the Secretary of Energy and the National Environmental Ministry to prevent our Argentine Sea fall into the clutches of the oil industry and aggravate the climate crisis that we are facing.

Thousands of people have already marched in protest against the exploitation in Buenos Aires and around the country.

Children, Indigenous Peoples, investors in energy companies and anyone who feels that their human rights are violated by climate issues, or are being affected by extreme weather events can sue in a climate litigation.

Greenpeace Argentina joined several local organisations including Surfrider Argentina, Fundación Patagonia Natural, Kula Earth, Asociación de Surf Argentina, Organización Mar, Surf Necochea Quequén Association, The General Alvarado Surf Association (Miramar), Ecos de Mar, Asociación Argentina de Abogados/as Ambientalistas in filing a class action lawsuit.

What are the demands?

Firstly, the declaration of unconstitutionality and nullity of Resolution 436/2021, which approved the seismic blasting project, for its impact on the sea, biodiversity and climate.

Additionally, there is also a demand for the unconstitutionality and nullity of Resolution 276 of the Ministry of Energy, which approved exploration permits that were granted to ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and Equinor, amongst several other oil companies.


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