CEC receives a submission on hydraulic fracturing in Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Montreal, 9 October 2018—On 3 October 2018, a resident from the municipality of Los Ramones in the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico (the “Submitter”) filed a submission with the CEC Secretariat, asserting that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce environmental laws with respect to hydraulic fracturing operations which are now causing harm to the health and the environment of the local residents.

In submission SEM-18-003 (Hydraulic fracturing in Nuevo Leon) the Submitter asserts that hydraulic fracturing operations by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) started on or about July 2013 and that later in October of that year seismic activity increased. Subsequently, the Submitter asserts there was a decrease in water quality from domestic groundwater wells.

The Secretariat has 30 days to review the submission and determine whether it meets the admissibility requirements in Article 14(1) of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.

For more information, please visit the CEC’s Submissions on Enforcement Matters webpage and the registry of Submission SEM-18-003 (Hydraulic Fracturing in Nuevo Leon).