Ecopetrol reports that in the previous week seven attacks against the Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline were reported in rural areas of the municipalities of Teorama, Norte de Santander, and Arauquita, Arauca.
The attacks left craters in the right of way, without breaking the system.
Additionally, in the verification courses, two illegal valves were identified in the municipality of Teorama, Norte de Santander. These illegal perforations, installed for the theft of petroleum, cause great environmental damage by contaminating rivers and lands of the Catatumbo.
Staff of the Military Forces are in the process of assuring the points affected for the entrance of the technicians of Ecopetrol, who will carry out the inspection and the repairs to the pipeline.
In 2016, 43 attacks were identified and 33 illicit valves were identified and removed in the Cano Limon-Covenas pipeline, in the departments of Norte de Santander, Arauca, Boyaca and Cesar.
Ecopetrol emphatically rejects these illegal actions that endanger the lives of people, seriously affect the environment and impede the well-being and development of communities.