Colombia court orders drilling suspension at Pacific field

martes 23 de febrero de 2016 18:09 GYT
 

BOGOTA Feb 23 (Reuters) - A Colombian high court ordered the suspension of drilling at part of an oil field run by Canada's Pacific E&P because it failed to properly consult the indigenous community that lives in the area, the tribunal said on Tuesday.

The constitutional court called for stoppage at an area in the Quifa oil field that is less than two kilometers from the indigenous village in Puerto Gaitan, southwestern Meta province. By law oil companies must go through a process of consultation with communities close to drilling areas.

Quifa produces 51,000 barrels a day of crude.

Pacific was not immediately available to comment on the ruling. (Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Helen Murphy; Editing by Andrew Hay)