December 21, 2013
YPF-Chevron deal: Neuquén governor targets 'exporting lobbies'
Amid soaring tensions over the YPF-Chevron deal, governor of the province of Neuquén where the Vaca Muerta project is due to conclude Jorge Sapag defended the agreement and targeted what he called “exporting countries’ lobbies” to stop its development.
In statements to media, Sapag explained that Wednesday’s approval of the accord by the legislature of the city of Neuquén "was not" the deal settled between Argentina’s state-owned company YPF and the US oil giant. “That is an independent agreement between two companies,” he said and pointed out the exploration of the Vaca Muerta unconventional oil and gas region will account for a “16 billion dollar” project and allow to “duplicate” Neuquén’s hydrocarbon production.
The governor also blasted what he considered “exporting countries’ lobbies” accusing them of using “environmental” pretexts “to attack the project” and stressed the province of Neuquén “has the strictest environmental legislation” in the country.
Following Wednesday’s serious incidents that resulted in one young activist shot and more than 20 injured as anti-Chevron protesters rallied outside the city parliament where the agreement was being addressed, Sapag defended the security operation. “A group of 100 hooded people attacked the police. The defence of institutions the police carried out was very professional,” the head of the Neuquino Popular Movement affirmed.