Castillo blames Repsol for the “ecological disaster” caused by the oil spill off the coast of Lima

The Vice President of Peru calls for cooperation from Ecuador or Colombia, while the United Nations and the Embassy of Spain regret what happened

Repsol expresses regret over the incident, stressing that it was caused by an “unpredictable maritime phenomenon”.

Castillo blames Repsol for the “ecological disaster” caused by the oil spill off the coast of Lima
Castillo blames Repsol for the “ecological disaster” caused by the oil spill off the coast of Lima

The President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, this Thursday blamed the Spanish multinational Repsol for the “ecological disaster” caused by the oil spill that occurred last Saturday during the unloading operation of the ship “Mare Dorium” at the La Pampilla refinery took place coasts of the capital Lima.

“Here we cannot shy away from responsibility, it is a matter of taking it and in this case of the company that is causing the environmental disaster,” stressed President Castillo during a visit to the affected area.

“The environmental damage caused by companies and bad legislation must be stopped,” said Castillo, who described last Saturday’s events as “the most worrying ecological disaster on the Peruvian coast in recent memory,” according to the official newspaper El Peruano. .

During his visit to the affected district of Ventanilla, Castillo presented the signing of a decree to declare the climate emergency of national interest and thus to be able to implement measures against global warming more effectively.

“Citizens need to know that this government is genuinely committed to reducing the impact of climate change because we know that if the average global temperature continues to rise, everyone will be affected, especially rural people,” he said .

Furthermore, in a message published on his social networks, Castillo has claimed that “criminal, civil and administrative measures have been ordered by the executive branch to protect the sovereignty and well-being of the country”.

“The government is taking on the role of punishing those responsible for the damage that is tragically affecting flora, fauna and communities that are vulnerable and deprived of their daily sustenance,” he said.

About 18,000 square meters of beach are affected by the at least 6,000-barrel oil spill, a situation that Repsol said was caused by an “unpredictable maritime phenomenon” resulting from the Jan. 15 eruption of a volcano on an island in Tonga.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

On the other hand, Peru’s Vice President and Minister for Development and Social Inclusion, Dina Boluarte, has asked for international support in the face of the oil spill on the country’s coasts.

“Let’s ask for international support. I appeal to countries like Venezuela or Ecuador that have experience with oil spill problems. Let them look to Peru and support us,” he told the press, according to La República newspaper.

He has also echoed Castillo’s statements, claiming that Repsol must “take its responsibilities”. “We cannot kill lives just to keep taking resources from our country,” he said.

This incident has reached the ears of the United Nations, from where the spokesman for the General Secretariat, Stephane Dujarric, has conveyed his support to both the Peruvian executive and citizens who are facing “the effects of a tragic oil spill”.

Dujarric has reported that Peru-based UN Coordinator Igor Garafulic held a meeting with the Peruvian authorities this Thursday, during which he showed the organization’s commitment to work hand-in-hand with the United Nations Office on the “environmental disaster battle”. coordination of humanitarian affairs.

Similarly, the Spanish embassy in Peru has also referred to the matter, saying it “deeply regrets the impact of the oil spill in a protected area of ​​the Callao coast, in which a Spanish company has an interest”.

“The priority now is to restore this coast and its ecosystems, while at the same time carrying out a study of all the circumstances in the face of such a sad accident and learning from it so that something like this does not happen again,” the Spanish Embassy pointed out.

RESPONSE FROM REPSOL

For its part, Repsol has issued a statement in which it reiterates that what happened was caused by an “unpredictable marine phenomenon” attributed to the eruption of the underwater volcano in Tonga and regrets that it has not been able to manage its To mediate obligations “appropriately” and measures to deal with the environmental disaster.

“We particularly want to express our solidarity with all the people and communities affected and to express a special feeling for the natural environments and marine species affected,” they have emphasized from Repsol.

It has stressed that since the oil spill was reported it has activated its “contingency plan” and taken “a number of measures” such as closing valves, sending a diving team to the area or “constantly” monitoring the situation.

On the other hand, they noted that the land team to deal with the coastal oil spill consists of more than 700 people deployed on the beaches of Cavero, Bahía Blanca, Santa Rosa and Ancón.

Finally, Repsol thanked the social groups for their cooperation in cleaning up part of the hardest hit areas and the authorities with whom they have been in “continuous coordination and communication” since the incident was recorded.

“Repsol reiterates its commitment to continue to mitigate and remediate the impact of the spill, to work with authorities and the fishing community, and to engage citizens more effectively with transparency,” he concluded.

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