Brazil does a U-turn on fracking. Indigenous lands protected from oil and gas exploration

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Brazil does a U-turn on fracking. Indigenous lands protected from oil and gas exploration

Published on 01 Mar 2016
by
Martina Rogato
The government sold indigenous land in the Amazon’s Juruá Valley to oil and gas companies. But a court ruled against this, protecting inhabitants from fracking.

A judge has recognized the right to land of uncontacted indigenous peoples in the Amazon‘s Juruá Valley. The Brazilian government sold off protected areas adjacent to their ancestral territories at an auction, in order for oil and gas companies to conduct resource exploration including for fracking. In December last year a court decided to revoke the concessions granted, and order the suspension and cancellation of further exploration and production activities. The judge highlighted the social and environmental risks related to these, such as damage to local ecosystems and the daily life of communities.

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Selling off the Juruá Valley

The government sold an area of over 122,000 kilometres squared across a dozen Brazilian states at auction…

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