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ECOPETROL: Mayor Calls Popular Consultation On Fracking In Barrancabermeja

04/19/2018 - 20:55:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - Dario Echeverry, mayor of the Colombian city of Barrancabermeja, should call a popular consultation on whether or not the population agrees with the exploration of hydrocarbons through fracking.

In an interview with Blu Radio, Dar?o Echeverry said that that call should be presented to the City Council. According to him, the decision was made after the environmental emergency in the well Lizama 153, that affected important water sources in the region.

Echeverry said that he plans to promote a regional economic activity less dependent on the oil industry, exploring new sources of income such as renewable energy and natural resources.

Echeverry pointed out that this decision would not affect the economy or the income resulting from crude refining carried out at Ecopetrol's Barrancabermeja refinery.

The popular consultation in Barrancabermeja arises in the midst of a national discussion on fracking. Of all the municipalities in the country, in 92 there have been consultations in which the communities consider that mining and oil industries have affected the environment or fundamental rights.

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