BOGOTA – Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol denounced a new attack on the Caño Limon-Coveñas pipeline in a rural area of the northeastern province of Arauca, which borders Venezuela.
The attack on the country’s largest pipeline occurred near the hamlet of El Consuelo, Ecopetrol said in a statement Wednesday.
It caused crude to spill into a small river, prompting Ecopetrol to take steps to address the emergency.
Authorities are trying to determine who carried out the attack in that region, where National Liberation Army, or ELN, guerrillas have a large presence.
Ecopetrol says 14 attacks have been carried out this year on the Caño Limon-Coveñas pipeline in the provinces of Arauca and Norte de Santander, causing crude to spill into the Bojaba, Arauca and Catatumbo rivers and several streams.
The company also said these attacks endangered people’s lives and posed a threat to the environment and flora and fauna in the areas where they occur.
The 770-kilometer-long (478-mile-long) Caño Limon-Coveñas pipeline transports crude from oil wells in Arauca to the Caribbean port of Coveñas.