Repsol will hire affected fishermen to help clean up the oil spill

Cleaning crews work to remove oil from a beach in the Peruvian province of Callao on January 17, 2022, after a spill which occurred during the unloading process of the Italian-flagged tanker “Mare Doricum” at La Pampilla refinery caused by the abnormal waves recorded after the volcanic eruption in Tonga. – A massive volcanic eruption in Tonga triggered tsunami waves around the Pacific, with waves strong enough to drown two women in Peru, more than 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles) away. (Photo by Cris BOURONCLE / AFP)

This Tuesday, the Minister of the Environment, Rubén Ramírez, held a meeting with representatives of the company Repsol, to coordinate the actions to be taken for the recovery of the areas affected by the oil spill of about 6 thousand barrels. The minister pointed out that, in addition to addressing the environmental issue, they will also seek to repair the social damage.

He indicated that there are seven organizations of local fishermen unable to work since Sunday or generate income for their homes because of the spill.

Along these lines, he said the company promised to hire these fishermen, “who know the maritime theme well”, to carry out work to support the decontamination and removal of crude oil. Additionally, they will be given survival baskets.

Also present at the meeting were the Minister of Production, Jorge Luis Prado; the Minister of Energy and Mines, Eduardo González; and representatives of Congress.

REPSOL SCHEDULE

On the other hand, he pointed out that The Repsol company promised to deliver this Thursday a schedule with exact dates on the work it will do, not only to remove the oil, but also to recover the natural areas.

There is a process of cleaning, decontamination and remediation that must be scrupulously complied with regardless of the sanctions that may be applied either by omission or by action on the part of the company”, he clarified.

He also said that several of the affected species were taken to the Parque de Las Leyendas for their care and recovery.

THE SPILL OCCURRED ON THE HIGH SEAS

He explained that, according to the company, the spill occurred on the high seas, about four kilometers from the coast, where the company has sleeves that connect it with the ships that unload the crude.

wave product, the ship would have hit a pipe causing the spill.

It was thought to be a minor incident according to the company’s initial report, but it has subsequently been identified that there are around 6,000 barrels of crude oil that have been spread.”, he explained.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS COMMISSION

He also reported that, in the agreement of the Council of Ministers this Tuesday, the formation of an Environmental Crisis Commission was established made up of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defense, Produce, Minagri and Minam.

It is going to be faced with great forcefulness and with evaluative actions”, said Minister Rubén Ramírez and added that daily reports will be delivered.

THE PRESIDENT FLIGHTED OVER THE AREA

On the other hand, this afternoon, The President of the Republic, Pedro Castillo, flies over the affected areas due to the oil spill in Ventanilla. In a helicopter of the Peruvian Army, the president was able to observe the magnitude of this ecological disaster, which occurred on January 15.

President Castillo observed the oil stain that extends along the coast of Ventanilla and that reached the Ancón area, where a negative impact on marine flora and fauna is recorded.

INDECOPI CONSIDERS THAT REPSOL SHOULD COMPENSATE THE STATE

For his part, the executive president of the National Institute of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi); Julián Palacín, suggested to the Ministry of the Environment (Minam) that the Energy and Mines sector requires Repsol’s insurance and reinsurance policy, the same that must cover civil liability for the damage caused to the environment and to consumer citizens by the oil spill that occurred in Ventanilla.

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