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Argentina says oil and gas exploration in Falklands illegal

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Staff writer ▼ | October 9, 2015
Energy and politics   Argentina claims sovereignty over the Falkland Islands

The oil and gas exploration activities being undertaken by Noble Energy Falklands Limited in an area near the disputed Falkland Islands are “illegal” and “clandestine,” the Argentine government said.

Argentina claims sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, which Latin Americans call the Malvinas and are under British control.

The Energy Ministry said in a resolution published on Tuesday in the Official Bulletin that it notified the Foreign Ministry and prosecutors of the decision to outlaw Noble’s operations “to allow them to take the legal actions they consider necessary in their areas of jurisdiction.”

Federal Judge Lilian Herraez, who is based in the city of Rio Grande, ordered the seizure of $156.4 million worth of assets, as well as the impounding of ships and confiscation of other property, belonging to oil companies that operate illegally in Falklands waters.

Noble Energy Falklands Limited is not registered with the Energy Secretariat, which sent a strongly worded statement to the company via the Foreign Ministry in October 2014, the government said.

The oil company did not respond to the statement and the government declared its operations illegal, officials said.

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