The decision of the Transredes company (the Shell -Ashmore group that took over from Enron) to hand over the expansion of their Villamontes gas pipeline to the departmental prefecture of Tarija, bypassing central government, demonstrates yet once more how that company has promoted the break-up of Bolivia, an issue of world interest. Faced with that situation President Evo Morales did the very least he could do, namely, decree the compulsory purchase by the State of the hydrocarbons transport company shares.
Thus Enron's presence seems to come to an end. Both under its own name and under its successor's it became a byword for corruption in
Enron, then turned itself into part of Transredes, paying for corrupt decision making. Since, Sanchez de Lozada was in the
Transredes paid out millions in radio and TV campaigns which, by means of clever scheduling, like "good driving" programmes, bought the silence or complicity of otherwise belligerent journalists as well as politicians and civic leaders, especially in
Those who worked for Enron now say the nationalization threatens juridical security and people will stop investing. They never mention how
Andrés Soliz Rada was Minister for Hydrocarbons under Evo Morales
Translation copyleft Tortilla con Sal, republished from ZNet