Monday, 5 September 2016

Mapuche community in Argentina fights fracking site - BBC News #olsx #fracking #argentina #mapuche #resistance #frackoff

Mapuche community in Argentina fights fracking site - BBC News

Mapuche community in Argentina fights fracking site

View of oil drilling rigs at Vaca Muerta Shale oil reservoir in Loma Campana, in the Patagonian province of Neuquen, some 1180 Km south-west of Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 4, 2014.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionVaca Muerta is a shale oil reservoir located in the Patagonian province of Neuquen,
The deep red craggy hills of Vaca Muerta, or Dead Cow, rise up against the horizon. 
This site produces more shale gas than any other place in the world, outside the United States. 
Fracking could provide Argentina with cheap energy for generations, but Mapuche indigenous communities who live here say it is polluting their land. 
Susana Campo is a Mapuche goat farmer. 
Last year, she says, 60 of her baby goats were born without hair. A week later they died. 

'Enslaved land'

She thinks fracking has contaminated the groundwater.
Susana Campo in front of her homeImage copyrightGRACE LIVINGSTONE
Image captionSusana Campo says her kid goats were born without hair
"The animals drank the water and then they gave birth to kids with just skin, no hair. That's never happened before."
Her sister Josifa say the water has made her sick. "I've had stomach aches. I've also vomited. 
"We know it's because the water is contaminated, but we have to continue drinking this water. 
"Poor people can't afford to buy water."

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