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31 wells sabotaged at oilfield in northeast Colombia

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As reported by Reuters, 31 wells were sabotaged yesterday (Sunday 14 June) at an oilfield in the northeast of Colombia, which put the wells offline and led to oil being spilled.

The acts of sabotage took place at Ecopetrol’s La Cira-Infantas oilfield, near the city of Barrancabermeja, which produces around 35 000 bpd.

As well as the acts of sabotage, security guards and workers at the field received threats from hooded aggressors to abandon their posts and join a blockade which started five days ago, Ecopetrol said in a statement.

The damage to the wells led to oil being spilled, putting local communities and the environment at risk, the company said in the statement.

Ecopetrol called on those behind the blockade to suspend attacks and said it was open to talks to review their requests alongside the local mayor’s office and the attorney general’s office.

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