The attack on Thursday evening triggered a rupture of the pipeline and a spill of oil contained in the crater, but forced to activate the company's emergency plan and to inform the City Council of Risk and Disaster Management of the incident. Arauquita and the department of Arauca.
"These terrorist acts jeopardize people's lives and integrity, create serious environmental consequences and affect the normal development of operations in the area, with negative consequences for the Araucan communities and for the country," Ecopetrol said.
Of the 20 Caño Limón-Coveñas pipeline attacks, 7 occurred in the Norte de Santander and 13 in Arauca, 9 of which were registered in the Arauquita rural area where the attack took place, and 4 in the municipality of Saravena.
The last one was recorded right at Saravena last Tuesday.
Last year, Columbia's oil infrastructure underwent 107 attacks, 89 of which affected the Canoe Lemon-Kovnjas pipeline and 18 the Transdondio, all attributed by the ELN guerrilla authorities.