YPFB will only compensate coca farmers, not indigenous peoples

Bolivian Fiscal Oil Fields (YPFB) will pay the Six Federations of the Tropic (coca farmers) compensation of $ 1.6 million and has no “further debt” of this kind for the construction of the Carrasco-Cochabamba gas pipeline.

This is what YPFB Transporte General Manager Wilson Zelaya said in relation to statements made by indigenous sectors claiming that it was the coca farmers and not the indigenous communities settled in the tropics that were being compensated.

Zelaya responded that it was a project from 2006 when YPFB Transporte was still Transredes and that it was recently paid for due to several pending litigation, such as opening a Six Federations bank account.

“It is important to go back in time, Transredes, now YPFB Transporte, decides to build a gas pipeline to deliver the quantities of natural gas to the western market,” said Zelaya in an interview with Radio El Deber de Santa Cruz.

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“Then those decisions were made in 2006 and the project was socialized with the affected farming communities,” he added.

Last Friday, Indigenous MP Roberto Urañavi alleged in statements to Unitel that the real owners of the territory are the Yucca, Yuquis, Moximas and Moxeño peoples. “Where are the indigenous peoples of this territory?” He asked.

In this regard, Zelaya said that YBFB Transporte had no further compensation until payment and assured that it was ready to present the reports on the agreement reached to members of the opposition assembly in order to explain the details of this project.

He added that the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy had carried out a process of participation and consultation with all municipalities that the gas pipeline would pass through to identify all the impact of the project and quantify the amount to be paid.

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He also pointed out that the payment is pending due to administrative problems such as a change in the leadership of the six associations and failure to comply with the requirement for a common bank account to receive the deposit.


YPFB stated that the compensation was due to the fact that 90% of the Carrasco-Cochabamba gas pipeline “overlapped” in rural communities of the coordinator of the 6 tropical federations.


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