The project enabling the massive mining of Chubut, which a few days ago had the support of Alberto Fernandez after a meeting in Casa Rosada with Governor Mariano Arcioni, is once again entering into a state of uncertainty due to differences within the ruling coalition.
The extraordinary session that was called for Friday In the provincial legislature by the local executive, it was deactivated in these hours after the governor did not get an opinion, scheduled for Thursday. According to high-level official sources, Christina Kirchner’s opinion was fundamental, as she asked not to go ahead with the zoning project due to the great social rejection of massive mining, which Arcioni, plunged into a deep financial crisis, wants to empower him in Chubut Plateau.
They explained that the vice president’s logic – who comes from an oil province – is purely pragmatic: This year the three senators were renewed Written by Chubut-Nancy Gonzalez, Alfredo Luonzo and Juan Mario Pais. And you don’t want to risk abandoning a bank. He advised, they said, to postpone the debate until after the elections.
Mariano Archioni, ruler of Chubut.
Fifteen days ago, he received President Archioni in his office: he told him, as the governor himself revealed after the meeting, Your support for zoning project, Which proposes to enable activity in the localities of Gastre and Telsen, in the county plateau, a sparsely populated area.
According to sources in the presidential environment, Fernandez requested that the discussion be expanded And obtaining more revenues from the project, which raises doubts about environmental controls and royalties for provincial coffers, which, according to the text, do not reach 8%. Industry sources documented that the expected investment is around 2 billion USD. Hours after the meeting at Casa Rosada, the head of state welcomed the mayor of Comodoro Rivadavia, Juan Pablo Luc, into his office, facing the governor. Luque fights to be the PJ Candidate in 2023.
The position on the mining project in this sense reveals the multiplicity of visions within the Todos front. From Sergio Massa’s environment, for example, they replied to this newspaper that the Speaker of Parliament “did not interfere” in the matter. They replied, “Alberto went straight.” However, minutes after the visit of Archioni – who had responded to the former mayor of Tigre -, his deputy and head of the Regional Natural Resources Commission, they did the same with Massa.
It was very positive encounters, First with Sergio Massa and then meeting with the president, “the governor announced after both meetings.
Clarion He tried to reach the leadership of the Chubut Executive but did not receive a response.
Domestic disapproval of massive mining – there are currently smaller companies since the enactment of Law 5,001 – was revealed at the end of last year when environmental protesters set fire to Archeoni’s office in November. The governor is in a serious crisis: he owes, for example, the salaries of state employees.