November 18, 1999 |
About 200 militant U'wa Indians in Colombia have seized the Gibraltar-1 test site, an area they claim as ancestral homelands, in an effort to prevent Occidental Petroleum Corp. from drilling for oil there. They pledged to "defend Mother Earth to the death." The 500,000-acre exploration area in northeast Colombia may harbor up to 2.5 billion barrels of crude and could ensure the country's energy needs well into the next century.
May 27, 1998 |
Occidental Petroleum Corp. reportedly has agreed to abandon plans to drill for oil in the disputed Colombian homeland of a semi-nomadic tribe that threatens mass suicide if oil exploration goes forward.
July 23, 1997 |
Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. said it resumed oil production at its oil field in Cano Limon, Colombia, on Friday after an eight-day shutdown caused by guerrilla attacks on the 410-mile pipeline that connects the field with a Caribbean shipping depot. In two ambushes, guerrillas killed 30 Colombian soldiers sent to protect workers trying to repair the pipeline.
July 30, 1995 |
Occidental Petroleum relishes its reputation for discovering oil and making money in politically turbulent environments. The late Chairman Armand Hammer's cloak-and-dagger adventures in Libya are part of oil industry lore.
November 27, 1990 |
Leftist guerrillas were blamed Monday for the abduction on Sunday of five petroleum engineers, including three American citizens working in Colombia. The Medellin cocaine cartel, meanwhile, freed a kidnaped journalist after using him and at least nine other hostages to try to pressure the government into abandoning its anti-drug fight. The state oil company Ecopetrol said that two men and a woman saying they belonged to the National Liberation Army, or ELN, abducted three U.S.
August 17, 1990 |
One of the toughest challenges faced by Colombia's new president, Cesar Gaviria, is how to stop attacks by an armed group whose terrorist tactics have cost the country millions of dollars. The enemy in this case is not the Medellin cocaine cartel but a small band of leftist guerrillas, the National Liberation Army, or ELN. The Marxist-Leninist group has caused serious damage to both the economy and environment through an unrelenting sabotage campaign against petroleum facilities.