The following secret report was conducted by the Irrigation Department, an independent government agency in Mendoza province, Argentina. Water samples were analyzed from the water table where initial fracking pilot experiences were carried out in Malargüe County, in the south of the province. The study revealed that the initial fracking wells had already impacted the water table with hydrocarbon contamination.
The report was censored and kept secret by the government, preventing the information from being available during the public hearing conducted in December of last year in Malargüe, which was used to legitimize the governor’s approval of fracking by executive order. Furthermore, EcoLeaks denounces that a new report with adulterated results is being conducted to replace current one, to show no contamination.
While the maximum allowed hydrocarbon content is 0.1 mg/L for areas near the origin of water sources used for human and animal consumption according to the Irrigation Department’s Resolution 627/2000, in 3 out of the 4 water samples analyzed much higher levels of hydrocarbon contamination were detected:
1. Sample Number 13069 (FCP1): 0.4 mg/L – 4x over the limit
2. Sample Number 13070 (FCP3): 0.4 mg/L – 4x over the limit
3. Sample Number 13072 (FCP9): 0.7 mg/L – 7x over the limit