Observatorio destaca riesgo de piloto de fracking asignado a ExxonMobil cerca a la Ciénaga el Llanito y al hábitat del manatí antillano en peligro de extinción
Map from Corporacion Observatorio Desarrollo Territorial.
On April 19, the Barrancabermeja, Colombia-based Territorial Development Observatory Corporation published this map based on a map available from the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) and noted: “The Platero Pilot Research Project is located in the municipality of Puerto Wilches, inside the VMM-37 block.”
The Observatory further highlights that the ExxonMobil Platero project is located just 7 kilometres away from the Ciénaga El Llanito (a wetland, marsh or lake area), which is the habitat of the Antillean manatee.
National Geographic has noted that the population of the mature adult Antillean manatee in the wild is estimated to be less than 2,500 and that it is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
And environmental science professor Jairo Puentes has commented that the Llanito wetlands in Barrancabermeja are important because they are a source of food and employment for many fishers, as well as a place of contemplation for locals and tourists.
Puentes also notes: “Llanito is a reservoir without a flowing current which depends on the Sogamoso River to renew its water and redistribute waste products.”
The San Silvestre wetlands connect to the Llanito wetlands.
Canadian company Sintana Energy Inc.
Last week, Toronto-based Sintana Energy Inc. issued this statement that also confirms the Platero project is within the VMM-37 block.
The Canadian company holds a 30 per cent interest “to explore for, develop and produce the unconventional hydrocarbons of the VMM-37 Block.”
The company adds: “Sintana has been and continues to be in positive communications with both ExxonMobil and the ANH [National Hydrocarbons Agency] to ensure that the integrity of both the Company’s commercial arrangements with ExxonMobil and the Contract for VMM-37 with the ANH are honored.”
Webinar on April 29
On Thursday April 29 at 2:30 pm COT/3:30 pm EDT, Peace Brigades International is convening a panel of Colombian environmental defenders to speak on this issue. All four of the Colombian environmental defenders speaking on this webinar have recently received death threats for their environmental activism.
Click here to register to join this fully bilingual (in Spanish and English) webinar.