The decision of the State Council to maintain the suspension on fracking generated many reactions in the country. Government leaders and industry experts talked about this decision.
Colombia has been hearing discouraging news on the industry and environmental issues: the opposite of what it needs to hear now that the future of fracking is ‘on hold’. The development of these and more stories in our periodic Eco summary.
Maybe we should not have been so hopeful. Maybe this was always doomed. It is always easier to say ‘No’ than take a chance on ‘Yes’. No one ever knows the consequences of saying ‘No’, the road not taken.
Last week, the Externado University held a half-day conference on how Colombia was dealing with its climate change commitments under the Paris Accords. I went because I was interested, because I wanted to see how the oil and gas industry was treated and because I knew Ed Caldwell of Gran Tierra was going to speak.