Incidents near areas of interest to the oil and gas industry were down this week to 27 below recent long-term averages. This was a significantly average week for non-armed forces reported/guerrilla-initiated incidents. Unsurprisingly our 4-week Moving Average incident count dropped to 19.8 and the 52 week average dropped as well to 36.9 incidents per week. But none of this the most important story.
The interview with Meta Governor Alan Jara in this month’s issue makes clear the challenges of royalty reform for producer communities.
Although there is a transition, the impact on local finances has been devastating.
The head of the National Environmental Licensing Agency (ANLA), Luz Helena Sarmiento, has a self-deprecating sense of humor. She once opened a presentation to the oil and gas industry saying “I know I am your worst nightmare”.
Alan Jara is the governor of the department of Meta which produces 50% of Colombia’s oil. He is a well-respected administrator on his third tour as governor.
After a meeting between the members of the Finance, Mines and Energy and Transport ministries with the Colombian Truckers Association (ACC) the government has recognized the trucker’s national strike and found its demands to be valid.
As of August 26th, it’s been a year now since the Farc and Colombian government reached the agreement that would make way to Havana, and both delegations were back at the roundtable to mark the day following a short 3 day pause announced by the guerrilla, and the talk turned to illegal drugs.