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“An inclusive dialogue is key for the development of the territories”: MinAmbiente

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.


Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Dialogue is key

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.


Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

“Communities should be able to benefit from the industry”: Moreno

National USO representative, José Marín Moreno, spoke about the new government and Ecopetrol’s (NYSE:SE) future, among other issues.

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Ecopetrol rewards Colombia’s best students

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.


Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Is the Tauramena referendum still valid?

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.

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

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