The Peruvian government has paralyzed Repsol’s activities in the country’s waters following the oil spill

The Peruvian government has announced that Repsol will halt hydrocarbon loading and unloading activities in the country’s waters until the company offers guarantees that another oil spill will not occur.

“We announce the cessation of all hydrocarbon loading and unloading activities in the Peruvian sea by the operator Repsol until he gives us the technical guarantees that there will not be another spill at sea,” said Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez. “Repsol has not shown any clear cleaning and sanitation measures given what has happened,” he added.

The Peruvian government has paralyzed Repsol’s activities in the country’s waters following the oil spill
The Peruvian government has paralyzed Repsol’s activities in the country’s waters following the oil spill

Ramírez has pointed out that Repsol “does not guarantee” that this problem can be contained if it occurs in the rest of the centers on the Peruvian coast. “Repsol has not provided assurance that it may face a new spill at the other three loading and unloading lines that have been operating in the country,” he explained.

“The Environment Ministry will not hesitate to fulfill its role as faithful steward of our natural ecosystems and our magnificent gray sea,” Ramírez added, according to La República newspaper.

Thus, the Peruvian executive charged the multinational with the oil spill, which the company defended as being caused by an “unpredictable marine phenomenon” following the eruption of a volcano on an island off Tonga on January 15.

Likewise, the President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, has warned that the president’s secretary-general, Carlos Ernesto Jaico, “could suffer the same fate” as his predecessor in office, Bruno Pacheco, who resigned from office over alleged corruption.

Castillo has criticized Jaico for meeting with Repsol officials at the Spanish embassy in Peru last Monday, and in statements to La Noticia newspaper has assured that he asked for a report on the meeting.

“I just arrived from a trip from abroad, I immediately went inland and they informed me of this fact (the meeting). Now I have asked for a report (…). It will be the judiciary that decides responsibility,” said the Peruvian President.

For its part, Repsol has already issued a statement clarifying that the meeting with “various government officials took place institutionally and with the sole purpose of normalizing the necessary communications”.

Thus, the company defended that the meeting “had the sole purpose of hearing the complaints and demands of the Peruvian government, in order to better identify the mechanisms that allow channeling the payment of compensation that could benefit those affected”.

About 18,000 square meters of beach have been affected by the nearly 12,000-barrel oil spill, a situation affecting districts of the capital Lima such as Ventanilla, Santa Rosa and Ancón, although crude oil has also reached the sea of ​​Chancay, a district in Huaral province.

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