Webinar to feature environmental defenders opposed to fracking in Colombia on April 29

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Webinar panel: Ivan Madero, Yuli Velasquez, Oscar Sampayo, Yuvelis Natalia Morales, Karen Hamilton, Luis van Isschot.

This morning, BNAmericas reported: “ExxonMobil has been awarded the only contract in Colombia’s second auction of oil and gas fracking pilots, national hydrocarbons agency ANH said on Wednesday.”

Following this expected news, Peace Brigades International, CREDHOS and Above Ground will be hosting a webinar on Thursday April 29 at 3:30 pm ET (2:30 pm in Colombia) on the situation faced by environmental defenders challenging fracking and conventional extractivism in the Magdalena Medio region.

To register for this webinar, click here.

The webinar will highlight two key examples:

The Platero fracking pilot project near Puerto Wilches that ExxonMobil will implement likely in partnership with Toronto-based Sintana Energy. And the conventional oil field operated by Calgary-based Parex Resources near Simacota.

The confirmed speakers from Colombia include:

Ivan Madero, Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights (CREDHOS)

Oscar Sampayo, Alliance for a Colombia Free of Fracking and the Yariguíes Regional Corporation – Social Research Group into Extractives and the Environment in the Magdalena Medio Region (CRY-GEAM)

Yuli Velasquez, Federation of Artisanal Fishers and Environmentalists of Santander (FEDEPESAN)

Yuvelis Natalia Morales, Committee for the Defence of Water, Life and the Territory of Puerto Wilches (AguaWil)

It will also feature Montreal-based Karen Hamilton of Above Ground who will comment on Canadian government support for oil and gas operations in Colombia and the new Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise.

The webinar will be hosted by University of Toronto Professor Luis van Isschot who is also a member of the PBI-Canada Board of Directors.

To register for this webinar, click here.

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