The mayor’s office of Yopal has scheduled a meeting with 10 area village leaders to discuss roadway needs in areas close to oil production sites in the municipality.
Casanare congressional representative Camilo Andrés Abril has called on figures in the central government to a debate on the impact of oil production in the department, alleging that very few operators are keeping promises with the local community and environment and that the government is doing little about it.
As part of a new strategy to increase consumption of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinMinas) has announced a subsidy pilot program in low income communities.
Following a high level cabinet meeting with Ecopetrol lawyers, the government says that the recent Constitutional Court ruling only affects how it finances the Price Stabilization Fund, not the ability of the executive branch to fix fuel prices at the pump.
Casanare’s local paper published a succinct editorial offering a word of caution for residents and a warning for politicians: The boon days of oil royalties are gone so you had better be careful how the money is spent.
The recently appointed director of the National Planning Department (DNP) Tatyana Orozco defended the General Royalty System against recent criticism, saying that they are responsible for “works materializing in all of the regions”.
The General Controller of Colombia is the latest authority to criticize the General Royalty System (SGR), saying to local press that the funds are not being dispersed as they should be and that it lacked a proper transition phase.
Jorge Bendeck, a longtime ally of the new Mining and Energy Minister Amylkar Acosta, is a small step away from taking the position as president of the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH), bringing his experience and focus on exploration and infrastructure with him.
The ramifications of the Constitutional Court’s ruling that congress, not the executive branch, is responsible for the fixing of fuel prices or subsidies will render two big losers: Colombian consumers and the NOC Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC).