Lima, Jan 20 (Latest) .- The President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, announced this Thursday “urgent” and “serious” actions to punish those responsible for one of the “largest ecocides” that occurred on the Peruvian coast and sea , after the oil spill at the La Pampilla refinery, operated by the Spanish company Repsol.
Through his Twitter account, Castillo condemned “the environmental disaster caused by the La Pampilla refinery, run by Repsol.”
“The ecological damage on our coastline is inadmissible. The State has ordered criminal, civil and administrative actions, in order to protect the sovereignty and well-being of the country,” added the head of state after visiting one of the beaches most affected by the oil spill in the Ventanilla district, in the neighboring province of Callao.
“We are facing one of the largest ecocides that have occurred on our coasts and sea. The Government assumes the role of punishing those responsible for the damage that tragically affects the flora, fauna and communities that are endangered and deprived of their livelihood. day-to-day,” Castillo said.
The president requested the support of all political representatives and citizens, before this event, and announced that the Government will take “urgent and serious actions at the height of our history and these events.”
“We will not let them trample our ecosystems and the honor of our people with impunity,” he said.
Hours before, Castillo signed a supreme decree that declares the climate emergency of national interest and affirmed that the Government will direct the actions to mitigate the damage caused.
OIL SPREADS IN THE SEA
Until now, the oil has covered 1.7 square kilometers of beaches, while the amount that continues to float in the water covers an area of almost 1.2 square kilometers, as determined on Thursday by the Environmental Assessment and Enforcement News (OEFA) of the Ministry of Environment of Peru.
The oil has also affected two natural reserves: the Ancón Reserved Zone and the Islotes de Pescadores, belonging to the National Reserve System of Guaneras Islands, Islets and Points, where species such as the Humboldt penguin and the sea otter live, both legally protected. .
The oil spill occurred when the tsunami caused by the volcanic eruption of the island of Tonga, last Saturday, reached the Peruvian coast at the time that an oil tanker was unloading crude oil at the La Pampilla Refinery, which Repsol operates in Ventanilla.
At that time, the tsunami alert had not been decreed in the country, which was dismissed by the National Tsunami Center of the Peruvian Navy, despite the fact that in other neighboring countries on the Pacific coast, such as Ecuador and Chile, they did occur. the respective notices.