Misinformation surrounds controversy over Occidental's Colombian wildcat

A recent article in Oil & Gas Journal illustrates that even a well-intentioned publication friendly to the petroleum industry can unwittingly serve the purposes of those hostile to industry operations (OGJ, Nov. 29, 1999, p. 18).Like so many others, OGJ in that article adopted a term used by nongovernmental organization (NGO) activists to characterize the well site for the Gibraltar 1 wildcat that Occidental is planning to drill in the Samoré region of Colombia, near U'wa ancestral lands. The well site is not in the rain forest. The actual well site is in a developed area that is 11/2 miles off the national Saravena-Cucuta highway. This highway is the main commercial artery in that...

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