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Sedano Fracking Project by BNK Petroleum in Burgos, Spain


On 26/06/2009, the Company Trofagas Hidrocarburos (now BNK Petroleum Inc.) was granted with a licence for study the feasibility of a proposed fracking for a period of six years through the so-called Sedano Licence (BOE 09/11/2011).

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Sedano Fracking Project by BNK Petroleum in Burgos, Spain
State or province:Burgos,
Location of conflict:Valle de Sedano
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Shale gas fracking
Specific commodities:Water
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Project area: 34,765.50
Level of Investment for the conflictive project100,000,000
Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:500
Company names or state enterprises:BNK Petroleum Inc. (BKX.TO) from United States of America
Relevant government actors:Junta de Castilla y León
Ministerio de Industria (Gobierno de España)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Artisanal miners
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Trade unions
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Artistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Fires, Food insecurity (crop damage), Genetic contamination, Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Waste overflow, Oil spills, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills, Other Environmental impacts
Potential: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow)
Other Environmental impactsinduce earthquakes, affect to the geologic fault of Ubierna
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..), Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution, Occupational disease and accidents, Deaths, Other environmental related diseases, Other Health impacts
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Specific impacts on women, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place, Other socio-economic impacts
Other socio-economic impactsWill affect the economy of the farmers
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:New legislation
Application of existing regulations
Project cancelled
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

About the fracking lobby Shale Gas España
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TNI - Old Story, New Threat: Fracking and the global land grab
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Un centenar de organizaciones de todo el mundo contra BNK
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Asamblea contra el fracking de la provincia de Burgos , Spain
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Estudios informes y reportajes sobre los peligros de la fractura hidraulica, -fracking
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Meta information
Contributor:Asamblea contra el fracking de Las Merindades, Burgos , Spain. [email protected]
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:2031
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