Oil spill: Ombudsman says that Repsol’s actions are insufficient in the face of disaster

Oil spill: Ombudsman’s Office says that Repsol’s actions are insufficient in the face of disaster. (Photo: Ombudsman)

The Ombudsman’s Office appeared in the areas where Repsol’s La Pampilla refinery had dumped more than 6,000 barrels of crude oil into the ocean. The main purpose of the visit was to verify the actions that are being carried out in the area in order to recover the impacted area. One of the observations published by the public entity was that there is a reduced number of people dedicated to cleaning tasks.

Delcy Heredi, head of the Ombudsman Office of Callao, reported that it was appreciated that the serenazgo and rescue personnel were dedicated to preventing bathers from entering the beaches, as well as fifty workers focused on cleaning the affected banks. “However, it was found that the number of people dedicated to this task continues to be very limited due to the magnitude of the disaster.”, indicates the released statement.

The Ombudsman has requested that cleaning times and strategies be improved in the area in order to generate positive change as soon as possible.. As recalled, several internet users showed their outrage when images of cleaning staff working with dustpans in the face of a disaster of such magnitude were published. Advocacy “requires Repsol to guarantee the delivery of biosafety and sun protection elements to the personnel who have been carrying out this task, in order to avoid COVID-19 infections and damage to health as a result of prolonged exposure to the sun”.

Workers clean an oil spill caused by abnormal waves, triggered by a massive underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga, off the coast of Lima, in Ventanilla, Peru January 19, 2022. REUTERS/Angela Ponce
Workers clean an oil spill caused by abnormal waves, triggered by a massive underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga, off the coast of Lima, in Ventanilla, Peru January 19, 2022. REUTERS/Angela Ponce

ANOTHER VISIT

While the visit was being carried out in Ventanilla, workers from the same entity also appeared in the affected area located in Ancón. The statement indicates that the serious damage caused by the oil spill in the busy Lima resort was verified. “Not only has the marine ecosystem been seriously affected, but also the fishing and tourism sectors, which are the main income-generating activities in the area.”, adds the statement.

At least 800 fishermen have been prevented from continuing their work in this area due to the situation of the sea. It was also revealed that members of the Ancón Artisanal Fishing Association were prevented from entering a meeting with national authorities. “Given this, the head of the North Lima Ombudsman Office, Estela Lozano, demanded that the Ministries of the Environment and Production inform the fishermen about the work that is being carried out in the area to contain the advance of the oil slick.”.

Workers clean up an oil spill caused by abnormal waves, triggered by a massive underwater volcanic eruption half a world away in Tonga, at the Peruvian beach in Ventanilla, Peru, January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Workers clean up an oil spill caused by abnormal waves, triggered by a massive underwater volcanic eruption half a world away in Tonga, at the Peruvian beach in Ventanilla, Peru, January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

In the area, it was possible to confirm the presence of personnel from the Peruvian Navy, who were helping with the cleaning of the shores; however, this work was insufficient in the face of the ecosystem that has been severely affected. Faced with this scenario, The Ombudsman has requested that the collection of crude oil in the area be accelerated since a large part of the marine and coastal area of ​​the capital has been seriously affected. “The Ombudsman’s Office will continue its work of supervising the institutions in charge of guaranteeing that the company implements the actions aimed at effectively dealing with the spill and its adequate environmental remediation, under the principle that the polluter is responsible.”

Like other institutions, the Ombudsman’s Office has asked the La Pampilla refinery and the OEFa to guarantee the immediate cleanup of the oil spilled in the northern area of ​​the capital city.

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