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.
August 12, 1997
Colombia's Ecopetrol and Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Inc. began to pump and transport oil from eastern Colombia again after guerrilla attacks on a key pipeline shut down activities for six days. Workers from Ecopetrol finished repairs Saturday on the Cano Limon-Covenas pipeline, which carries about one-third of Colombia's oil output to port on the Caribbean coast.
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.
April 25, 1997 |
Oil companies have encountered some tough opponents and have suffered their share of black eyes. But never have they come up against a dilemma like the one Occidental Petroleum of Los Angeles faces in the wilds of Colombia. A semi-nomadic tribe called the U'wa, 5,000 strong, is making the ultimate threat--to commit mass suicide by leaping from a cliff--in an attempt to prevent Oxy from drilling for oil in what the tribe claims is U'wa territory.
September 22, 1996
Saba Petroleum Co. said it has received approval from Ecopetrol, the Colombian governm ent-owned oil company, to drill additional wells on Colombian acreage that Saba acquired last year. Saba said Omimex de Colombia Ltd., the operator, intends to drill up to six wells this year beginning in early October. Ecopetrol said it has also asked Omimex to test the exploratory wells drilled previously by Texaco Inc., the prior owner, on a portion of the undeveloped acreage.