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Communities & CSR

USO talks disagreements with OXY

The union shared the results of the meeting between it and OXY Andina’s contractor firm, Tecnicoriente Well Services and Generation S.A.S.

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Prior consultation and the Amazon region

Official studies show that the Amazon occupies 42.3% of the Colombian territory. Implementing popular consultations in the area is far from easy.


Thursday, November 1st, 2018

What now?

Through a ruling, the Constitutional Court said that popular consultations can no longer forbid or decide on the future of industry activities in the regions. Where do communities stand now?


Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

What about the regions?

Better prices should translate into better royalties’ resources for producing regions, but there are other sectors pushing for the money. These and other stories in our periodic Royalties summary.


Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Subsoil ownership: An important and positive decision has been issued but there is still much to resolve

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:

Monday, October 29th, 2018

October closes with positive results in CSR projects

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.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

The industry visits the territories

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.


Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

What do they have to say about Cumaral/Mansarovar?

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.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Yes to royalties, no to the industry?

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.


Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The Court favors Mansarovar

In a voting session of five against one, the Constitutional Court revoked the popular consultation that took place in the municipality of Cumaral (Meta), in June 2016.


Friday, October 12th, 2018