(Energy Analytics Institute, Aaron Simonsky, 5.Nov.2018) — Colombia’s state oil company Ecopetrol installed a series of barriers in a rural area of the Tibú municipality (Norte de Santander) in an effort to contain an oil spill in the Tibú River.
The spill originated over the weekend when stolen crude oil that was being stored in a pool overflowed into the river, reported the daily newspaper El Tiempo. Armed groups in the area often illegally store stolen oil in pools, which they later used to process cocaine, according to the daily.
Ecopetrol personnel conducted a fly over of the affected area and verified the spill occurred near the village of Campo Seis, and to confirm the spill didn’t correspond to an criminal act directed against its infrastructure.
The environmental emergency was reported on Saturday Nov. 3 by communities officials from the Catatumbo region, according to the daily.