The Colombian Association of Petroleum Engineers (Acipet), presented today a guardianship action against Municipal Decree No.35 of 2017 of the Mayor’s Office of Cumaral, which summons a Popular Consultation, on the question:
“Do you agree with a citizen from Cuba that within the jurisdiction of the CUMARAL MUNICIPALITY (META), seismic exploration, exploration drilling and hydrocarbon production activities are carried out?
YES _____ NOT _____ ?
As informed by Engineer Julio César Vera Díaz, President of Acipet “the guardianship action details the valuable contribution that the hydrocarbons industry makes to the national economy, the development of good industry practices from the petroleum code, the application of the international technical norms, the principles of prevention and precaution and how through these tools the industry experience curve demonstrates frank sustainability, and a growth of the hand of the agricultural production. With official IDEAM statistics, it is shown that the industry represents only 1.8% of the country’s total water consumption, and that while some regions invite to vote NO, others resort to their right to protest to demand greater development in hydrocarbons With all of the above, it is concluded that the popular consultation violates due process guarantees, unitary status, statutory law of citizen participation mechanisms, information for the exercise of political rights, and especially for the right to vote, to work and related, to choose profession or trade, principle of freedom of business, fiscal sustainability and progressive rights, among others.
The guardianship requests that the nullity of the consultation be declared, and in order to dispel any doubt about the social and environmental sustainability of our industry, that it be ordered to form an inter-institutional working table, headed by the environmental authorities of the national order, the which may link more entities and members of civil society, among which the participation of Acipet is requested in its capacity as a consultative body of the national government, in order to build a scientific and sociological research that identifies and specifies government conclusions regarding the impacts of the activity of exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons on the ecosystems of the Colombian territory.
This proposal that Acipet collected from the decision in judgment T-429/15 of the Constitutional Court for the mining industry, should produce a unified position of the national authorities, which will serve to close the spaces of opportunism and speculation against environmental sustainability and Social of our industry.
The perversity of the claim to prohibit the activities of exploitation of non-renewable natural resources (RNNR) is seen in the hypothetical scenario that all regions of the country decided to vote “NO” in the popular mining and oil consultations. It would then have to liquidate a dozen State Entities dedicated to the management of the RNNR and the environment, which have invested in their missionary assignment several billion pesos of the Colombians to study the wealth of our subsoil, and their options for use, in benefit of the progressive economic, social and cultural rights of the entire population.
The ban would certainly put us at risk of returning to the age of charcoal. With the firm commitment to oppose this Kafka scene, Acipet announces other legal actions and take part against the wave of consultations and popular actions.
The Association reiterates its willingness to fight for the personal and labor rights of petroleum engineering professionals in the country and of all its Associates, as well as continue to strive for the development of a sustainable oil industry and with the best technical standards , social and environmental, for which it offers to be a generator of technical information in an objective and transparent manner, but without neglecting the pride of its associates to be part of this valuable industry. We will continue to report periodically on the progress of our initiatives in this regard. This was stated by Mr. Julio César Vera Díaz, President of Acipet.