An initiative held on October 21, 2018 in Fusagasugá, Colombia focused on consulting the municipality's citizens on mining and oil exploration.
Problems and Purpose
The Popular Consultation on Mining and Oil Exploitation in Fusagasugá was a citizen initiative held on October 21, 2018 in the Colombian municipality and was led by the Committee All for Fusagasugá (Span. Todos por Fusagasugá). The question of the consultation was the following: Do you agree, or not, that in the municipality of Fusagasugá seismic exploration, exploratory drilling, fracking, hydrocarbon production and large scale mining activities should be carried out?
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
According to the National Registry of Civil Status, 34,800 votes were needed to reach the threshold.
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
A total of 39,175 people voted to reject these activities in the territory, while 202 supported their implementation.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
With these overwhelming results, this Colombian town became the first in Latin America to ban fracking through a citizen participation mechanism.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
Silvia Pedreros, “Fusagasugá a Consulta Popular Para Definir Explotación Minera y Petrolera En El Municipio,” Periódico El Campesino, November 10, 2018, https://www.elcampesino.co/fusagasuga-a-consulta-popular-para-definir-explotacion-minera-y-petrolera-en-el-municipio/.