Talisman Energy - Guilty of Draughts
Oil and gas extraction has been a central part of the economy of Casanare since the 1980s. Historically, British Petroleum (BP) has been the dominant petroleum multinational in Casanare., BP started exploration and exploitation in Colombia in 1986. However in August 2010, BP was forced to sell the majority of its international shares after its catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At that time, BP sold its Colombian operations to Equion Energía, which was comprised of Ecopetrol and Talisman Energy (51% and 49% respectively) for $1.9 billion dollars. The oil industry’s impact on the environment of Casanare hit headlines in the spring of 2014 when a severe drought affecting over 250,000 hectares3 left 20,000 animals dead. The striking images of animals laying dead alongside dried up rivers circulated beyond the usual social movement and environmentalist publications, reaching Colombia's mainstream news sources such as El Tiempo, La Semana, El Heraldo, El Espectador, and El Pais. It is important to note that, while Colombia only needs 300,000 barrels of Petroleum for its own energy use, every day over 1,000,000 barrels are extracted from Arauca, Casanare, and Meta. This extreme over-exploitation favours multinational companies that exploit Colombia’s oil reserves for profit, rather than benefiting those in the region, or strengthening Colombia’s energy sovereignty.  

Talisman Herctor Orlando Camargo Silva 2

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See below for Zoe Pepper-Cunningham's report on Segovia and Gran Colombia Gold. For more information, and to access the research alluded to in the video, please download the documents below.


CARLOS MESÍAS ARRIGUÍ CERQUERA “Un hombre entregado a un pueblo, ejemplo de dignidad y lucha social”.

Autor: Corporación Social Para Asesoría y Capacitación Comunitaria (COSPACC). El movimiento campesino por medio de sus luchas se convirtieron en “la piedra en el zapato” que incomodó a las petroleras, gamonales gobernantes de turno, fuerzas militares y paramilitares, que en su ambición de poder, hicieron alianzas perversas para eliminar cualquier oposición. Las primeras víctimas de este macabro plan fueron los compañeros dirigentes GABRIEL FEDERICO ASENCIO y él, CARLOS MESÍAS ARRIGUÍ, quienes fueron asesinados el 13 de abril de 1995,