The Minister of Environment (MinAmbiente), Ricardo Lozano, visited communities in Cauca to talk about their concerns in regards to a sustainable development. These and other Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) stories in our periodic summary.
The Colombian oil sector has faced times of great legal uncertainty in recent years due to the boom in anti-oil referendums. Many communities have spoken out against the development of oil activities in their territories. However, a case in favor of the industry happened in the municipality of Ortega in the department of Tolima.
National USO representative, José Marín Moreno, spoke about the new government and Ecopetrol’s (NYSE:SE) future, among other issues.
Once again, the NOC showed the benefits of the industry in the country, this time by granting scholarships to Colombia’s best students. These and other Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) stories in our periodic summary.
The oil sector continues to face legal and social uncertainty in Colombia. A ‘judicial battle’ between Ecopetrol (NYSE: EC) and people of Tauramena started several years ago due to the result of an anti-oil referendum, and it seems like this process continues, despite a recent court decision in favor of the NOC.
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: