June 25, 2008

Ecopetrol Closes Oil Pipeline After Guerilla Attacks in Colombia

Ecopetrol closes oil pipeline after guerilla attacks in Colombia

BOGOTA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The Colombian Petroleum Company (Ecopetrol) suspended Monday the oil flow in the border regions with Venezuela, after guerillas attacked the country's most important Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline.

The pipeline was damaged by two explosive attacks by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Arauca province and Santander province Saturday and Sunday, Ecopetrol told reporters.

"The pipeline was transporting 96,000 barrels of oil per day from the east to the west of the country," an Ecopetrol spokesperson said.

Statistics showed the line had been damaged more than 1,000 times in the past 20 years. It was attacked two months ago near Tibu, which caused an oil spill and cut the water supply to Santander inhabitants for many days.

FARC planted bombs in energy towers and oil pipelines to obstruct the government's security policies and extort resources from multinationals, said Ecopetrol.

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