In desperate times mistakes and bad decisions are more likely to be made than when the economy is in a stable position. It is in these times that projects like CNWL Oil Espana’s Chinook prevail; a natural gas extraction venture which will surely have a negative impact on the local environment if previous gas extractions are anything to go by.
Chinook received permission from the Spanish government in December 2010 and CNWL Oil Espana, a subsidiary of Canadian ‘Serrit International Corporation’, but it is currently dormant while a decision is made by Spain’s Ministry of Industry whether to allow them to carry out a geological survey.
Their original application covers an area of 330,000 hectares in an area of the Alboran Sea between Velez-Malaga and Almeria and they are searching primarily for methane gas.
As with all gas extraction ventures, the loser is the environment. Fracking is the process used to get the gas out of the ground and in areas that have been prospected and drilled the locals have suffered illness through water pollution and acrid gas in the air.
Josh Fox’s ‘Gasland’ covers the Fracking from its inception to its completion extremely well and provides an in-depth look at the cost, both financially and environmentally, of a very destructive and inefficient process which leaves barren, lifeless, infertile land and poison water in its wake.
Chinook is several years behind Repsol’s Siroco project (read here) which, pending a final decision from the Ministry of Industry, will commence Fracking in the first quarter of next year.
Spain should focus on its renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, two things it has in absolute abundance, thus ensuring the longevity of the natural environment and hopefully sustained tourism on which Spain depends so heavily.
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