As published in different media at the regional level, the company unconventional gas extraction Oil and Gas Capital, has received permission from the Ministry of Industry of the Autonomous Community of Murcia for the exploration of this fossil fuel deposits in the basement of the town of Moratalla.
This could be good news, especially given the current circumstances of economic recession, as would a new source of wealth for our town and the ability to serve as a driving element for a depressed local economy needs to generate new opportunities employment.
But the question is concerning, as it represents the beginning of a highly polluting extraction practices that may involve not only pollution of groundwater, but the atmosphere, and that could directly affect the nearby population centers: Moratalla Calasparra and our neighbors.
Each drill involves using hundreds of tons of chemicals, 80% are abandoned and both water leaked into the atmosphere, and whose ultimate consequences may involve transmission to freshwater aquifers and dissemination of potentially carcinogenic air gases derived from slate, shale and shale.
The use of about 19 mills.
liters of fresh water per cycle extraction, and increasing the possibility of earthquakes in an earthquake zone as active as ours, are empirically verified data, and involve the release of particles of heavy metals and even radioactive.
Therefore, from the PSOE of Moratalla firmly reject economic development at any cost, and more so when it involves an unsustainable and whose costs can go up against not only the environment, but also the health of people.
I mean, we're talking about public health issues.
The Ministry of Industry, is hiding behind the permission granted is "superficial investigation, which has nothing to do with fracking or any other hydrocarbon extraction technique", but everybody knows that this is only a first step for, once located the sites, to proceed with this technique extractive, emphasizing further from that Ministry that "at that time is when you raise the operating technique used, which may be fracking or any other", which opens the door "wide open" for use.
It states that require a new authorization, if any, report by the Ministry, when the government also Rajoy has already legal cover to this practice, and the same Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria, said recently that this technique " should be permitted provided that measures environmental protection and people ", adding that companies will be liability insurance" to address any incidents, "a statement that far from promoting certainty and security to the citizens, generates more doubts about some proven techniques as highly polluting.
That is why the Municipal Socialist Group in the City of Moratalla has filed a motion to urge the full Regional Government to prohibit the use of the technique of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which is who has the power of approval of these practices, in particular the Ministry of Industry said, and joins the presented last March 18 in the Regional Assembly by Parliamentary Group PSRM-PSOE.
Source: PSOE Moratalla