Indigenous Mapuche pay high price for Argentina’s fracking dream

Indigenous Mapuche pay high price for Argentina’s fracking dream

Community tell of devastating environmental impact on land where their animals grazed

The roar of the burning gas well could be heard almost a mile and a half away, from atop the high plateau where Albino Campo Maripe stood, looking down at the orange flames lapping the earth in the distance.

When he was a child, the 60-year-old Mapuche chief used to ride there bareback. Those days are gone for ever. The once-pristine landscape is now dotted with fracking wells and the white patches of land cleared for even more.

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