The president of the National Federation of Palm Oil Growers (Fedepalma), Jens Mesa, said a recent resolution from the Ministry of Mines and Energy to fix the price to the biofuel producer is “straight out of a Chavista court”.
A high court ruling has impeded efforts from several municipalities to use a public referendum as a tool against allowing nearby oil production. Local leaders are taking different readings of the ruling.
The General Royalty System (SGR) has been in place for a little more than a year and already there is a brewing discussion as to the effectiveness in the new program, which has oil producing regions up in arms and calling for change.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinMinas) issued a statement in which it says that the regasification plant awarded to a consortium headed by Promigas continues forward, and that despite reports saying otherwise, neither it nor the Inspector General has the authority to halt such a project.
The president of the board of directors of the National Hydrocarbons Agency, Alberto Montoya Puyana has resigned from his position, criticizing the policies of President Juan Manuel Santos, which he says have “de-institutionalized” the country.
Colombia’s elections for the Chamber and Senate resulted in nearly balanced figures for the major parties, setting up the need for considerable horse-trading to get legislation passed after the 20th of July when the new Congress starts work.
The Inspector General’s (IG) office and the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinMinas) have halted the awarding of a contract to a consortium led by Promigas to build a regasification plant.
Colombia’s Inspector General (IG) weighed in on the growing list of municipalities that are planning public referendums to approve or reject the extraction of hydrocarbons or minerals in surrounding areas, saying that the use of these resources does not pertain to them.
The Colombian Security Council (CCS) says that its Uniform Contractor Registry (RUC) has contributed to a drop in accident over the last two years and also in the severity of the accidents.
Authorities are considering registering two additional properties as nature reserves, one of which specifically to counteract the possibility of more seismic exploration and exploratory drilling, citing the impact on water resources.