By DAN MOLINSKI
BOGOTA -- Colombia's second-longest oil pipeline, the
480-mile Cano Limon, has stopped pumping after rebels
reportedly used dynamite to blow up a portion of the line.
A statement from Ecopetrol SA, which owns and operates the
pipeline, said the attack occurred near the village of
Guachiman, in the northern state of Norte de Santander, which
borders Venezuela. Pumping will remain halted until repair
crews can fix the damage, an Ecopetrol representative said.
The Cano Limon can carry more than 200,000 bpd to the
shipping ports for export, but over the past several years it
has only been transporting about 70,000 bpd. The pipeline is
used by Ecopetrol and California based Occidental Petroleum
Corp, which jointly own the Cano Limon field in northeastern
Colombia's two largest rebel groups, the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the National Liberation Army
(ELN) are both active in the remote region where the pipeline
is located. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the
The FARC, Colombia's main rebel group, is involved in six
month old peace talks with the government. The ELN has
expressed a desire to also enter peace talks but so far
nothing has officially begun.
Bombing attacks on oil pipelines, once very common in
Colombia, began to decline over the past several years as a
military offensive reduced the firepower of both rebel
groups. But in 2013 there's been a renewed uptick in pipeline
attacks, with 72 bombings during the first three months,
nearly twice as many as the 38 registered during that period
of 2012, according the data from the Defense Ministry.
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