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Páramo El Rabanal. Boyacá, Colombia.

As a Research Group and as a NGO we have produced important knowledge in a variety of topics such as the creation of national and regional natural parks, paramos protection, analysis of Environmental Impact Studies (EIA), environmental audiences and assistance in tutelas.


This information has been disseminated in audiovisual and written media. Here, you can watch some videos and read some of the news in which the findings and conclusions of some of our studies were transmitted.


All documents are filmed or written in Spanish, you will only find their titles and descriptions translated into English.


What is Fracking?
An explanation of how this technique works and what are its risks.
Thanks to Julio Fierro Morales for his advice on the subject.

Fracking in Colombia. Reviewed by Julio Fierro Morales
Environmental impacts on groundwater and aquifers of the eventual exploitation of non-conventional hydrocarbon deposits.

Margin words: Interview to Julio Fiero Morales
A geopolitical approach to mining in Colombia.

The limits of the city: Thomas van der Hammen's proposal in the territorial planning plan (POT)
The legacy of Thomas Van der Hammen in geoenvironmental concepts and main ecological structure and its use in the political and administrative decisions of the City of Bogotá.

Su Madre Naturaleza. Paramos and mining delimitation
The importance of geology and geomorphology in the delimitation of paramos. Absence of Geo criteria in the definition of the paramo of Santurbán due to the pressure of mining interests.

The price of gold
The contaminating footprint of gold mining, the ecologically unequal exchange of extractivism and the geopolitics of mining.

Interview Red+ Seismicity induced by oil activities
The Oklahoma earthquakes and their possible relationship with activities related to the extraction of oil, in particular, the reinjection of water.


Environmental impacts of exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons
The data that show the environmental impacts and damages of hydraulic fracturing of unconventional hydrocarbon deposits. Also the great uncertainty of geoscientific knowledge for making decisions as risky as this type of exploitation.

International Seminar. Extractivism and mining in Latin America I
Environmental impacts of legal mining (coal and gold) and illegal. Pollution data, aspects of ecologically unequal exchange and mapping of legal mining in Colombia.

International Seminar. Extractivism and mining in Latin America II
Environmental impacts of legal mining (coal and gold) and illegal. Pollution data, aspects of ecologically unequal exchange and mapping of legal mining in Colombia.

Interview Julio Fierro. Colombia gold misery
The social implication of the environmental impacts of the extractivist bet of the Colombian State.


12/08/2019. Experts comission on francking report: more concern than confidence. Razón Pública.

27/03/2019. Hidrotuango should be dismantled now. Pacifista!

11/02/2019. Mining waste and tailings dams: a ticking time bomb. Razón Pública.

09/02/2017. Fracking: the necessary environmental discussions. Semana magazine.
Column belonging to the magazine "Semana Sostenible", in which the geologist Julio Fierro explains the process of implementation of the Fracking in Colombia and the environmental risks entailed by this new technique of exploitation of hydrocarbons.

24/10/2016. Oil destroyed Puerto Asís water. Semana magazine.
The communities of this municipality of Putumayo accuse the company Vetra by the contamination of its waters. Although it has two sanctioning processes, ANLA extended the environmental license for 100 more wells. The geologist Julio Fierro mentions some of the impacts generated by the oil activity.

21/06/2016. The history of the flora in Santuario Los Flamencos is reconstructed using pollen. Unal.
Interview with Juan Francisco Diaz about the results of his degree work carried out to obtain the title of Geologist.

24/05/2016. The millenary stream that will change course due to a coal mine. El Tiempo.
Ana Maria Llorente talks about the implications of the diversion of the Arroyo Bruno in La Guajira within the framework of the Cerrejón mining project.

14/04/2016. La Macarena no quiere explotación sino desarrollo sostenible. Semana magazine.
Participación de Julio Fierro Morales en "Semana en Vivo", por licencia ambiental en La Macarena.

12/08/2015. Pueblo Wayúu: Coal or Life. Entretanto Magazine.
The Celeam, through Ana María Llorente Valbuena, describes who the Wayúu people are and why their ecological situation is relevant.

02/04/2015. The river that was stolen. Univisión.
News from Univision regarding the documentary of Colombian journalist Gonzalo Guillén where researchers from TERRAE (Erika Cuida and Julio Fierro Morales) disseminate information on the environmental impacts of mining in Cerrejón.

10/09/2014. The 'fracking', seen from opposite sides. El Tiempo.
Geologist Julio Fierro and Deputy Energy Minister Orlando Cabrales set out their vision of hydraulic fracturing.

23/06/2014. Environmental risks of exploitation. El Tiempo.
Article written by Julio Fierro Morales for El Tiempo about the uncertainties in the knowledge of the risks on aquifers and groundwater since the conditions of deformation of the rocks can change from one meter to another.

06/03/2013. Megaminería and environmental damages: debt to perpetuity Razón Pública.
Article written by Julio Fierro Morales discussing who will respond to contaminated water in perpetuity?

06/02/2012. Fractionation of mining titles: loss of property and doubts about mining "responsible". Razón Pública.
Article written by Julio Fierro Morales for Public Reason in which indicates that there are serious indications that the big mining companies used an old trick: to divide the mining titles to pay less surface canon. The mere suspicion of such property damage puts into doubt the trust placed in dangerous partners, to whom the Nation has given over the driving of the mining driver force.

28/03/2011. Mining in the paramos: Water is worth more than gold. Razón Pública.
Article written by Julio Fierro Morales where it is presented that a rigorous examination of the data and the facts shows that the project of gold extraction in Santurbán is illegal and is extremely harmful. Although the company eventually withdrawn its application, there are other equally harmful projects awaiting licenses, such as Marmato and La Colosa.

18/01/2011. 'Mining: uncontrolled economic driver force'. El Espectador.
In dialogue with El Espectador, Julio Fierro Morales, a geologist, mining expert and former adviser to the Ministry of the Environment, points out that the Colombian State lacks teeth to supervise mining.

03/07/2009. Mining in Ciudad Bolívar causes more costs than benefits. Unal.
Interview with Diana Lozano about the results of her degree work carried out to obtain her degree as a geologist.

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