Colombia's Transandino Oil Pipeline Bombed
A bombing caused a fire on a portion of Colombia’s Transandino oil pipeline late Wednesday, several news outlets have reported.
Reports state that state-owned oil company Ecopetrol said this is the fourth attack on the pipeline this year.
A tweet posted Wednesday night on Ecopetrol’s official Twitter page said the company had activated its contingency plan after an “attack on the Trans-Andean pipeline in Malllama, Nariño.” They were looking to control the fire caused by the attack and urged the community to stay away from the area.
#Atención | Ecopetrol activa plan de contingencia tras atentado al Oleoducto Trasandino en Mallama, Nariño. La acción produjo incendio que a esta hora se busca controlar. La Empresa hace un llamado a comunidad para— Ecopetrol (@ECOPETROL_SA) March 7, 2019
que permanezca alejada del lugar. #CuidemosElTubo #NoMásAtentados pic.twitter.com/4xVYAeyvVx
According to Reuters, the pipeline was not pumping at the time of the attack.
An attack on the Transandino pipeline in April 2018 was by an illegal armed group which Ecopetrol did not name at the time. However, Reuters reported that the National Liberation Army (ELN) has frequently been behind attacks on oil pipelines.
The Transandino pipeline is 190 miles long and has the capacity to transport 85,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
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