The oil spill in La Pampilla already affects more than a million square meters of sea in Peru

The Ministry of the Environment (Minam) of Peru estimated this Thursday that the area affected by the recent oil spill from the La Pampilla refinery, located in the province of Callao, exceeds one million square meters (m2) of sea.

The Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement (OEFA), dependent on Minam, reported this day that four teams carried out supervision on the site of the coastline of the beaches, and together with the aerial views of drones, estimated the size of the disaster caused by the spill. of crude oil at the La Pampilla refinery, a subsidiary of the multinational Repsol.

“To date, the extension of the affected area for the soil component (beach-coastal strip) is 1,739,950.9 m2, and for water (sea), it is 1,186,965.8 m2,” OEFA reported. on his Twitter account.

Last Saturday, the tanker ‘Mare Dorium’, under the Italian flag, began the process of unloading crude oil in La Ventanilla, on Bahía Blanca beach.

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The strong waves, derived from the submarine volcanic eruption near the Tonga archipelago, would have caused the spill of some 6,000 barrels of crude oil, out of a total of one million, which would be processed in La Ventanilla.

Dead animals

The oil spill affected 17 beaches in the departments of Callao and Lima.

  • Cavero, Bahía Blanca, Costa Azul, Santa Rosa Chica, Santa Rosa Grande, Naval Club (Callao)
  • La Puntilla, Balneario de Ancón, Miramar, Pocitos, Infantería, Las Conchitas, San Francisco, La Hermosa, Pasamayo, Chacra y Mar and Peralvillo (Lima).

In these areas, water and soil samples were collected, and lifeless birds were identified.“, detailed OEFA.

This Thursday, the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, announced the publication of the Supreme Decree that declares the Climate Emergency of national interest.

During the event held at Cavero beach in the Ventanilla district, Castillo described what happened in La Pampilla as “the most worrying ecological disaster“recorded on the Peruvian coast in recent years.

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The president reiterated that Repsol is responsible for the ecological disaster. “We can’t shy away from responsibilities, it’s about assuming them,” Castillo said.