Sherpa is a partner of the documentary “Fracking Patagonia”, directed by Grégory Lassalle and supported by Friends of the Earth.
Release on 13 May 2014 at 8pm at the Reflet Médicis cinema in ParisReflet Médicis
3 Rue Champollion, 75005 Paris, France
France, 2011: Following a civil movement, a bill was passed that prohibited hydraulic fracturing on French territory. As a result, the Montelimar license that had initially been granted to Total is repealed. Yet, there is nothing to stop the corporation from exploiting shale oil and gas elsewhere in Europe and around the world.
Total is the second gas operator in Argentina. Before any other large multinationals, it acquired unconventional gas permits in the province of Neuquén in Patagonia, including one within a protected area. The Vaca Muerta basin, which covers over 30,000 km 2, has quickly become the new El Dorado of oil and gas companies, such as Chevron, YPF, Shell and Apache. Argentina appears to be the third largest country in the world in terms of potentially exploitable shale oil and gas reserves.
Land grabbing, repression… Local communities, and in particular members of the Mapuche communities and small farmers, are already suffering from the impacts of decades of conventional oil and gas exploitation and are again trapped by the nationalised state corporation and foreign corporations. The government has given authorisation without consulting them. Resistance has begun.
On the occasion of the release of “Fracking Patagonia”, we will be joined by two representatives of affected Argentinian communities who have come to Paris in order to hold Total account for its actions. The annual general meeting of this corporation will take place on 16 May. The representatives will also have the opportunity to question the French government on the need to recognise the legal responsibility of multinational parent companies for the actions of their subsidiaries and subcontractors abroad.
They will then travel to the Netherlands (where Shell is headquartered), the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Spain.
To find out more about the campaign, go to the “Fracking Patagonia” website.
If you would like to come to the screening, entry will be free and doors will open at 7.30pm.Last modified: 23 June 2015