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Energy minister: days of cheap fuel are over

Colombians might be paying at the pump, but Colombia’s Mines and Energy Minister Amylkar Acosta says the country cannot afford to put Ecopetrol’s (NYSE:EC) financial stability at risk, and that as long as crude prices remain high, gas will follow.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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Colombia scores high on energy competitivity index

Colombia scored high marks for the competitiveness of its energy sector according to two international studies which also took into account access to energy and how compatible energy policies are with environmental challenges.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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Constitutional Court accepts lawsuit against new royalty system

Opponents of the General Royalty System (SGR) got a legal victory after Colombia’s constitutional court accepted the arguments of Senator Juan Lozano that the new system is part of a centralist vision, which is prohibited by the current constitution.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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Fuel pricing policy up in the air after court decision

Fuel pricing policy up in the air after court decision

UPDATED — Colombia’s Supreme Court has ruled the current pricing scheme in which the presidential administration smooths prices is unconstitutional. Instead any mechanism should fall to congress. Meanwhile the Liberal Party pushes the new mines and energy minister to study a decrease in fuel prices.

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
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The mining-energy boom caught Colombia with its pants down says new MinMinas head

Amylkar Acosta has been named to head the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinMinas) but just before his appointment he laid bare his views on the energy and mining boom and its consequences in a thorough interview.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
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Venezuela to sell fuel at Colombia border to combat illegal sales

In order to combat illegal fuel sales of Venezuelan fuel in Colombian territory, Venezuelan authorities have agreed to increase fuel prices and restart sales along the common border in La Guajira Department.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
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Who exactly is the new environmental minister?

Luz Elena Sarmiento just got a promotion, moving from director of the National Environmental Licensing Agency (ANLA) to Colombia’s environmental minister. Here is a look at her past spent as an environmental specialist and community relations representative to the sector’s greatest powers.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
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MinMinas urges gas liberalization, but will that change now?

In one of his last acts as mining and energy ministry, Federico Renjifo Veléz told press at the 2013 press gathering organized by natural gas association Naturgas that the government’s policy going forward will focus on liberalizing prices from the La Guajira field and building more regasification infrastructure. Will the new minister, a native from La Guajira, change this?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
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Another record month – but what might it have been?

Another record month – but what might it have been?

MinMinas announced August crude oil production was 1,031mbd, yet another record month. But the expectation on August 21st was for something much higher.

Thursday, September 5th, 2013
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Congressional reps introduce bill to add tax to oil and mining activities

Four congressional representatives in Colombia’s lower house submitted a tax bill that looks to add industry and commerce taxes to extractive industries, arguing that it would benefit municipal entities outside established royalties.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
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