The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) escalated their attacks against Colombia’s oil industry in the first half of 2015, but widespread rejection and criticism is mounting from the country’s citizenry. In particular, locals have witnessed the blasting of key pipelines, such as the Transandino pipeline in Tumaco, near the Pacific coast.
The latest attack, which took place on June 25, caused the spill of 410,000 gallons of crude oil, leading to serious environmental damage to the area. Environment Minister Gabriel Vallejo called it the “worst environmental damage the country has seen in the last 10 years,” adding that the surrounding ecosystem is likely to never fully recover.
FARC Terrorism Sabotages Colombia’s Oil Industry, Environment.