Colombia Judge Orders Suspension of Fracking Pilot Project

Commercial development of non-conventional energy deposits—such as fracking for shale gas—is not currently permitted in Colombia.

Oliver Griffin, Reuters

A judge in the Colombian city of Barrancabermeja on April 21 suspended an environmental license granted to a hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—pilot project, on the grounds that local communities were not properly consulted.

Colombia's majority state-owned oil company Ecopetrol and partner U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp. were given the green light to develop the Kale project in Puerto Wilches, a town in Santander province, by the National Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) late last month.

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