After almost six years of mobilization campaigns with the support of cooperatives, authorities, NGOs and society, the Brazilian state is free from shale gas
People from a state in South Brazil now can say that are in favor of climate, water and life. On Wednesday, July 10th, the governor of Paraná State, Carlos Mesa, sanctioned the Law No. 18.878, which totally prohibits the exploitation of shale gas by the
Now, Paraná becomes the first state in all
The author of the bill in the Legislative Assembly, congressman Evandro Araújo, highlights the vanguardism of the state – which goes ahead in protecting its water, air and fertile soil. “During the whole process of presenting the bill, we showed that fracking does not meet the State’s vocation and that its use could cause irreparable damage to the environment and agricultural production, because where it was done in the world, it went wrong,” explains Araújo. Co-author Márcio Pacheco also highlights the importance of the ban for environmental protection and agriculture, which, for him, is the state’s greatest source of wealth.
For Goura, another author of the project, Paraná is increasingly gaining prominence in environmental policy by restricting a highly polluting energy extraction activity. “I believe that, from here on, we will be able to have a more proactive stance on other environmental issues for the state,” he adds. Finally, Congresswoman Cristina Silvestri celebrates the sanction of the law, considering it a great advance for Paraná. “Once again, the state is at the forefront of defending very important environmental issues, not only for us or for Brazil, but also for the planet.
In contrast to several countries around the world, which have been promoting disinvestment in fossil fuels and prioritizing renewable energy projects, since 2013 the Brazilian government has insisted on commercially exploiting gas through fracking operations. To prevent this from happening, throughout the history of the Non-Fracking Brazil Campaign, conceived by COESUS, the teams – which involve environmentalists, scientists, geologists, hydrologists, engineers and biologists – have been making the population aware of the main adversities of the technique.
Among the risks that fracking can cause, there is the contamination of drinking water not only on the surface but also in underground sources, the sterilization of the soil, making it infertile for agriculture, contaminating production and making farming and tourism unviable – factors that drastically affect the generation of employment and income–; serious and irreversible damage to health, such as respiratory, cardiac and neurological problems, various types of cancer, congenital malformation, sterility in women, increased infant and perinatal mortality, low birth weight and premature births, in addition to intensifying climate change
CONTACT: Paulinne Giffhorn, communications coordinator of the Arayara International Institute and the Non-Fracking Brazil for Climate, Water and Life Coalition – firstname.lastname@example.org / +55 41 99823-1660