March crude output from the Polvo field off Rio de Janeiro totaled 6,485b/d, down from 6,926b/d in February.
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.
Environmental licensing authority Anla said the decision affects several drilling and production recovery projects near Barrancabermeja in northern Santander department.