Fracking is officially banned in the Colombia, except when it isn’t.
Citizens’ groups there have discovered that licenses have been extended in some regions for hydraulic fracturing, in which high-pressure fluids are used to break up rock formations underground, enabling the easier extraction of oil and gas.
Yet in one province, a well-organized protest movement, backed by the provincial governor, has managed to stop a fracking project in its tracks.
Protests led to Colombia’s Development Projects Fund terminating a contract that had been extended to a Polish energy company.
Resident opposed to fracking cited the likely harm to water sources in a region dependent on agriculture.
Source: Contagio Radio (activist media, Colombia)