British Petroleum Finds Oil - Plus a War Colombian Rebels Frequently Target Pipelines and Rigs

By Jon Mitchell, | The Christian Science Monitor, January 29, 1997 | Go to article overview

British Petroleum Finds Oil - Plus a War Colombian Rebels Frequently Target Pipelines and Rigs


Jon Mitchell,, The Christian Science Monitor


Standing upon an estimated 2 billion barrels of oil, the two young Colombian Army conscripts nervously adjust the semiautomatic rifles slung over their shoulders. Towering in the distance, like giant Olympian torches, the gas flares of the Cusiana oil field burn on, as some of the daily production of 185,000 barrels of crude is processed through the maze of steel pipes strewn across the landscape.

For British Petroleum (BP), exploitation of what is believed to be the largest oil discovery in the Western Hemisphere since the 1960s may be straightforward. But maintaining security on one of the front lines of Colombia's 35-year-old civil war without becoming embroiled in the conflict is proving to be a challenge.

Beyond the oil field lie partially forested Andean foothills, home to hundreds of National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels. They have stepped up attacks on the installations, which are co-owned by BP and state-run oil company Ecopetrol (Empresa Colombiana de Petroleos). On top of the safety issue, BP finds itself fighting to preserve its international reputation. In December, British newspapers reported allegations, stemming from a Colombian government report, that BP was "fueling Colombia's killing machine," as one London paper described it. A European Parliamentary Commission on human rights accused BP of "complicity" in human rights abuses by security forces. BP officials deny the allegations - that it passed videotapes and photos of its opponents to Colombian armed forces, which then used them in killing campaigns against suspected ELN members. Some analysts say the story may be an extortion attempt by the ELN against BP. Both of Colombia's rebel groups - the ELN and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - have often financed their war by kidnapping foreign businesspeople and by other terrorist tactics. With its 19 percent stake in the Cusiana field - which produces one-third of Colombia's crude-oil output - BP is the nation's largest foreign investor. That makes the British company the No. 1 target for extortion and kidnapping by rebels. "We rely on the Colombian government, the Army, and the police to protect us," says Phil Mead, associate president of BP in the oil-rich Casanare region.

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