A decision by the Constitutional Court on Mansarovar Energy’s action for the protection of its constitutional rights (“tutela”) had been widely anticipated. The hope was that it would clarify the issue of whether municipalities can block extractive industry activities. We now have the decision, but questions still remain on the practical implications of the ruling. The situation has been muddied by a State Council decision reaffirming the obligation of local governments to ask their citizens what they think about major issues. We asked Inés-Elvira Vesga and Leopoldo Olavarría of Norton Rose Fulbright for their interpretation of these apparently contradictory decisions. Below are their views:
Once again, industry firms like Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC), Parex and Equion, among others, showed their commitment to their areas of influence. These and other Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) stories in our periodic summary.
The Colombian Oil Association (ACP) and the Chamber of Goods and Services (Campetrol) hosted the “Regional Encounters: united for a sustainable development” event, where they discussed industry issues.
Last week, the Constitutional Court revoked the popular consultation (referendum) that took place in the municipality of Cumaral (Meta), in June 2016. Experts debated the matter.
Communities have said ‘No’ to the industry in different occasions, but once local authorities heard of a possible increase in royalties’ resources, popular consultations started to seem ‘inconvenient,’ all of a sudden.