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Red Indians, leftists slam Argentina’s Chevron deal

The Argentine government’s long-sought deal with Chevron Corp. To exploit shale oil reserves in Patagonia was strongly criticised by Mapuche Indians, human rights activists, environmentalists and leftists who called it a sellout to the US that could drain and pollute the nation’s resources.  

The USD 1.5 billion joint venture with Chevron was made public in a brief announcement by the state-owned YPF oil company Tuesday night.  

Cristina Fernandez said the deal will promote energy independence for Argentina, but many of her one-time allies warned that it would do the opposite.
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