Daily Archives: March 5, 2013

A good or bad public policy for the Bolivian environment?

Pagina Siete reports on the new change in the environmental license requisite. Chances are that in order to “expedite” the willingness of current Bolivian government to offer more projects, the damage could be greater onto Bolivian indigenous communities and our National Park System, if current provision, later on, gets expanded. TIPNIS is not a small example of the stubbornness of current government to do as they please, with our tax revenues and OUR territory!
The environmental license process is reduced to 15 days
Pagina Siete1485 Supreme Decree reduced the time to 15 working days for the process of environmental licensing in the execution of projects of distribution of natural gas through networks, reported the National Manager of Safety, Health, Environment and Social of YPFB Corporation, Miguel Rojas.
“YPFB, in joint action with the environmental agencies of the Ministry of Environment and Water and the Ministry of Hydrocarbons, obtained the approval of the mentioned legal provision which allows to expand the list of activities, works or projects (AOP) relating to category 4 of article 17 of the regulation for the Prevention and Environmental Control; as well as establish the instrument and procedure for obtaining the certificate of dispensation for projects of natural gas for network distribution of the  hydrocarbon sector,” he said.
He added that this means that this activity as a basic service, with one minor to medium impact environment and that generates benefits for the Bolivian society, you will need a simpler processing methodology. “Having completed this small task, will issue a certificate of dispensing environmental category 4, for each project, that is to say that Yes, they will have an environmental license”, said Rojas.
Whereas this small task as it is mentioned by the government official, will help expedite the network for natural gas distribution is one thing. However, it is not pristine forest or indigenous communities who could be in peril, but the safety of the population where those grids will be placed.
That is not to say, that this can become a negative precedent to cut corners and go after our wildlife in larger projects, nationwide.