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Gran Tierra pipeline attacked in Colombia

BOGOTA, October 22, 2018 – An evacuation pipeline belonging to Canadian E&P company Gran Tierra was attacked by unidentified persons in the southern department of Putumayo on Friday, local media reported.


The pipeline, which served the company’s Costayaco 11 asset near the Ecuadorian border, was bombed, resulting in a fire and oil spill.

Colombia’s pipelines have been prime targets for attacks by guerilla groups such as the National Liberation Army and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Occidental Petroleum’s Caño Limón-Coveñas pipeline was offline for a large part of the year due to several acts of sabotage, most recently a September bombing by the National Liberation Army. At the time, that pipeline had already suffered 63 cases of sabotage and crude theft for the year.

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