The Pioneer 302 drilling rig encountered 90ft of vertical net gas pay at the Chirimía-1 prospect, the Calgary-based company said on Wednesday.
Wednesday's incident in Antioquia department comes as Colombia continues to grapple with violence despite a 2016 peace accord between the government and FARC rebels that ended Latin America's longest and deadliest civil conflict.
For tapping pipelines the penalty will be between 20 and 30 years in jail.
Jim Chisholm, VP for Latin America at Sproule, explains why interruptions to Mexico's pipeline imports can seriously impair electricity generation and impact a wide range of industries. And he welcomes the country's new measures to minimize that risk.