The Peruvian judiciary this Friday prevented four directors of the company Repsol from leaving the country after the public prosecutor of the Andean nation requested them because of the oil spill on the coast of the capital Lima.
Via Twitter, the Peruvian judiciary has reported that Judge Romualdo Águedo has declared the Ministry of State’s claim “founded”, for which the general manager of the refinery, Jaime Fernández-Cuesta; the manager of marine terminal 2 of the La Pampilla refinery, Renzo Tejada Mackenzie; Quality and Environment Manager Cecilia Posadas Jhong; and production manager José Reyes Ruiz cannot leave Peru for the next 18 months.
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.
Affected districts of the Peruvian capital include Ventanilla, Santa Rosa and Ancón, although the oil has also reached the Chancay Sea, a district in Huaral province.
This week, the Peruvian government declared an environmental emergency for a period of 90 days, a measure the authorities are taking to facilitate salvage and clean-up operations to curb pollution and protect the health of the population.