821.6363/390: Telegram

The Minister in Colombia (Piles) to the Secretary of State

29. Press reports Minister of Industry has sent circular telegram to Governors and Intendants, categorically instructing them to carry out provisions of Petroleum Decree Number 150 with respect to drilling without Government permit. Same telegram stated to call the attention of notaries and magistrates to their duties under decree, such as forwarding to the Minister of Industry copies of all contracts celebrated in the last 10 years and in future (see article 15), adding that Minister is prepared to impose penalties for infractions stipulated in decree. Matter will have my careful attention.