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ACP says competitiveness of the oil sector may be affected by Congressional legislative initiatives

The Colombian Petroleum Association (ACP) has published a press release on the negative impacts of a number of laws initiated by Congress – which are not backed by the government – that seek to increase government take and give back to local communities part of what they lost in royalties. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
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Road expansion Bogota-Villavicencio, Meta continues to generate controversy

The main road from the Llanos Basin to the central part of the country is only two lanes and extremely narrow at various points. Tanker trucks carrying crude from the fields and returning with naphtha for dilution clog up the roads. There have been accidents and some deaths. See our earlier article here. Work was supposed to have started on widening the most complicated portions but that is still generating controversy.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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MinMinas office of environmental and social affairs pushes community relations

Eduardo Junguito had 15 minutes to address the ANH conference in Cartegena today. He used about 25 minutes and had material for an hour. Yet another player in the complex and overlapping responsibilities for community relations and the extractive industries, Junguito has an ambitious agenda that not all would agree with. Still there were some positive messages of intent even if practical demonstrations of implementation were lacking.

Friday, October 19th, 2012
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What is the labor situation in Colombia?

October 10, 2012
After a union leader told RCN Radio that recent riots in Puerto Gaitan that killed three people were because “Pacific Rubiales has not kept its commitments”, the company was forced to issue a statement that this was not true. The company’s explanation fits the facts better: that a policeman ran over and killed a small child, the community wanted to lynch him, his fellow policemen defended him and a riot broke out.

Friday, October 12th, 2012
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MinMinas assesses first months of new royalty system

October 10, 2012
From a MinMinas press release. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia

Thursday, October 11th, 2012
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Ecopetrol opens gas processing plant in Norte de Santander

October 9, 2012 From an Ecopetrol press release. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
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Confusing incident in Cauca shows how far the state has to go

On Saturday October 6, 2o12 the Colombian Armed Forces killed three men and a woman, wounding a minor in a municipality known variously as El Bordo and La Patia which is in Technical Evaluation Block Cauca 6. These are perhaps the only facts we know for certain.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
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USO strike in Meta blocks tanker trucks from leaving some sites — UPDATED2

October 3, 2012 13:30 Bogotá/Houston; 12:30 Calgary; 14:30 Toronto/New York; 19:30 London

The Petroleum Workers Union (USO) called for an industry-wide strike in the important oil department of Meta for today October 3, 2012.

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
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Arauca assigns US$26.4M in royalties

From a MinMinas press release. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.

MME, Bogotá DC, October 1, 2012. Thirty eight investment projects in transport, health, education, culture, environmental and agricultural development, among others, were approved by the College of Management and Decision (OCAD) held in the department of Arauca.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
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Gold Oil publishes 1H2012 results — Looking for partners?

Gold Oil published its 1H2012 results and it is clear that it needs partners quickly. The company has an interest in the Azar block (operated by Gran Tierra) and operates the Nancy Burdine block under an arrangement with Ecopetrol. Both blocks are in Putumayo. The company also has interests in Peru.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
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