Colombian rebels bomb natural gas pipeline owned by PDVSA

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Colombian rebels have bombed a natural gas pipeline that is owned by the Venezuelan state-run oil and gas company PDVSA

An executive with Colombia’s Ecopetrol claimed that the pipeline was attacked by rebels on Saturday night, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The natural gas line has been shut until repairs can be performed. 

Located in the northern La Guajira region near the Venezuelan border, the 140-mile-long natural gas pipeline runs from Colombia to Venezuela delivering up to 200 million cubic feet a day of natural gas, reported Reuters. 

The Wall Street Journal revealed that the pipeline carries natural gas from a field jointly owned by Ecopetrol and Chevron. 

Ecopetrol and Colombia’s government are blaming the attack on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). 

According to the Energy Information Association (EIA), security in Colombia has improved, with attacks against oil and gas infrastructure lessening in recent years. Earlier this month, 22 oil and gas workers were kidnapped in Colombia's vichada Province.

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