BOGOTA May 1 A Colombian oil pipeline owned by
state-run Ecopetrol will be repaired after the
government reached a deal with the U'wa indigenous community who
have been blocking access to a damaged section for more than a
month, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
The 780-km (485-mile) Cano Limon-Covenas pipeline has been
offline since a bomb attack by leftist guerrillas on March 25.
Engineers have been unable to access the site due to a blockade
by the U'wa who demand the pipeline be re-routed away from their
territory and that a nearby oil project be scrapped.
The Cano Limon and Caricare fields are operated by New
York-listed Occidental Petroleum Corp. They produce
about 67,000 barrels per day of crude via the pipeline, which
has been shut down since the explosion.
The Interior Ministry confirmed the deal with the U'wa by
Twitter following a meeting with the community on Thursday
attended by its minister, Aurelio Iragorri Valencia, the Mines
and Energy Minister Amylkar Acosta and Ecopetrol Chief Executive
Officer Javier Genaro Gutierrez.
(Reporting by Monica Garcia; Writing by Peter Murphy; Editing
by Lisa Shumaker)