PBI-Canada webinar about fracking in Colombia, May 8

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Carolina Agón, Yuvelis Morales and Bronwen Tucker. To register for our webinar to hear updates and analysis from them about fracking in Colombia, please click here.

The National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) has awarded contracts for two fracking pilot projects near Puerto Wilches in the Magdalena Medio region of Colombia.

The Kalé fracking project now has an environmental license from the National Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) to proceed. The licensing process for Platero is still underway.

Toronto-based Sintana Energy Inc. has highlighted that it “holds an undivided 30% non-operated participation interest in a Contract for Exploration and Production for Block VMM-37” where the Platero project would be conducted.

Calgary-based Canacol Energy Ltd., which holds two nearby “unconventional shale oil blocks”, has also commented that the Platero and Kalé projects are “positive steps towards realizing the commercial potential of the unconventional shale oil field in Colombia.”

The recent Banking on Climate Chaos report also notes that Toronto-based Scotiabank has provided millions of dollars in financing to Ecopetrol as well as Calgary-based Parex Resources, another company reportedly interested in fracking.

Webinar, May 8

Peace Brigades International-Canada is organizing a webinar on Sunday May 8 at 2:30 pm EDT to help build an understanding of what is happening in Puerto Wilches.

It will feature Carolina Agón (the vice president of the Federation of Fishermen of Puerto Wilches and a member of CREDHOS) and Yuvelis Morales (of Aguawil which is accompanied by CREDHOS). Both women have been threatened and displaced due to their activism against fracking in Puerto Wilches.

The webinar will also feature Bronwen Tucker (Edmonton-based Global Public Finance Campaign Co-Manager with Oil Change International). She will help us to understanding the Canadian corporate connections to fracking in Colombia.

To register for this webinar, please click here.

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