From the Field
Ecopetrol Caño Limón pipeline attacked
BOGOTÁ, October 26, 2018 – Colombian NOC Ecopetrol has implemented a contingency plan to manage an oil spill in the Boyacá department resulting from the bombing of its Caño Limón pipeline, local media reported Thursday.
In a statement, Ecopetrol said it “installed containment barriers upstream of the spill’s natural channel and two portable storage tanks and began the extraction of the crude” on Wednesday. The NOC began pipeline repairs yesterday.
At the time of the bombing, the 76th attack on the Caño Limón pipeline this year, the line was out of operation.
As of Thursday, the assailants had not been publicly named, though members of the guerrilla National Liberation Army are suspected to be behind the attack.
The incident follows the bombing of an evacuation pipeline belonging to Gran Tierra in the Putumayo department earlier this week.