The national government donated part of the tranquility to Colombian businessmen regarding the possibility to start the exploitation of hydrocarbons in the country by fracking and noticed that to do "relevant studies" will not start with this kind of work.
The Minister of Mines and Energy, María Fernanda Suárez, assured that it is time to put an end to the false dilemma that stigmatizes the mining and energy sector as enemies of the environment and repeated that extractive activities such as fracking can be advanced without affecting the ecosystem.
"This is not a dilemma of Colombia but of the world, everything we have to protect the environment and as a country we want to reduce the carbon footprint ] but that does not exclude that we develop our reserve by fracking "said Suarez. 19659003] The head of the portfolio said that his line of work on this aspect will focus on taking advantage of renewable and non-renewable energies, because " there is no choice between the one and the other ] ", Although fracking will not be carried out without a thorough investigation in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment.
"If we make the decision to apply the fracking, it is because we are convinced that it will be done in a responsible manner here it is the parameters and specifications of how it is going to do for the environment because there are places where it is possible ", he added ] Felipe Bayón, president of Ecopetrol, added that the country Has 2 million barrels of oil in its reserves, which can be expanded with this [controversial extractive practice] .
"We believe that in the Magdalena Medio possibly between 2 thousand and 7 billion barrels are, in a low range we will have duplicated the reserves of Colombia ] ", said Bayón.