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Feb 15, 2019 | 16:30 GMT

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Colombia: Hydraulic Fracturing Pilot Projects May Advance Under Strict Monitoring

What Happened: An expert panel assembled by the Colombian government has said three hydraulic fracturing pilot projects may advance under strict monitoring, Reuters reported Feb. 14.

Why It Matters: The Colombian government is attempting to establish hydraulic fracturing on a large scale to boost the country's oil production and reserves. Some left-wing politicians and local populations, however, have opposed the practice. The expert panel's opinion will give Bogota stronger legal backing to advance with pilot projects.

Background: Colombia's environmental groups and certain left-wing politicians and political organizations oppose hydraulic fracturing over concerns that widespread implementation would result in significant environmental damage without providing significant financial benefits for local towns and regions.

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