Webinar on April 29 will discuss fracking pilot projects in Colombia following Biden convened Climate Leaders Summit

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To register for the webinar with Colombian environmental defenders from the Magdalena Medio region, click here.

On April 22-23, Colombian president Ivan Duque and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau will participate in US President Joe Biden’s virtual Climate Leaders Summit.

The White House media statement on this has noted: “The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing.”

A few days after that summit, on April 29, a PBI convened webinar will discuss the fracking pilot projects that have been approved in Colombia and the role the Canadian government has played in supporting oil and gas operations in Colombia.

The National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) has approved two pilot projects near Puerto Wilches, Santander. Ecopetrol plans to invest $76.7 million in its Kalé project and ExxonMobil $53 million in its Platero fracking project.

The Canadian oil and gas company Sintana Energy holds a 30 per cent interest in the Platero/VMM-37 block in the Magdalena Medio region.

Ecopetrol president Felipe Bayón has stated that there may be up to 7 billion barrels of fossil fuels in the pilot area (the Magdalena Medio region).

More than 450 signatories – including 350.org, Amazon Watch and Oil Change International – signed this letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calling for a global ban on fracking. That letter highlights that fracking for fossil fuels “torpedoes our global efforts to tackle climate change and violates basic human rights.”

About a month after the webinar, starting on May 31, there will be three weeks of intensive COP26 preparatory negotiations to finalize key issues related to the Paris Agreement, including common timeframes for national climate pledges.

The Alliance for a Colombia Free of Fracking and the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment have stated that Colombia proceeding with fracking is inconsistent with its obligations under the Paris Agreement.

We are in a crucial period relating to climate change and human rights.

To register for our webinar, please click here. This webinar will be fully bilingual with simultaneous translation in English and Spanish.

Webinar panel: Colombian environmental defenders Ivan Madero, Yuli Velasquez, Oscar Sampayo, Yuvelis Natalia Morales, plus Karen Hamilton (Above Ground), Luis van Isschot (Peace Brigades International-Canada).

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