Colombia: Investigative pilot fracking projects given the green light despite opposition
Author: PBI Canada, Published on: 1 October 2019
“Colombia’s top court rules that fracking pilot projects can proceed despite moratorium”, 26th September 2019
…Reuters reports, “Colombia’s top administrative court…clarified that a moratorium on fracking it upheld last week does not prevent ‘investigative’ pilot projects, surprising both oil companies and environmental activists.”
The President of the Council of State says, “The court advises that the reach of this decision does not impede the development of comprehensive investigative pilot projects … made by the expert commission convened by the national government.”
This comes despite a poll taken in February that found that more than 90 per cent of Colombians are opposed to fracking in their country.
Another Reuters article notes that the top administrative court has said that four pilot projects can proceed – “one run by coal company Drummond and the others by oil companies Ecopetrol, Exxon Mobil and Conoco Phillips” – and that “work on the pilots, or at least the infrastructure required for them, could begin next year.”…
That article also notes, “Environmentalists grouped in an anti-fracturing alliance predicted a ‘long road’ to carrying out the pilot projects, as they are obligated to fulfill eight conditions, including access to information, strengthening of institutional capabilities and establishment of baseline social, environmental and health data.”…