The Ministry of the Environment of Peru denounces that the oil spilled is almost double that reported by Repsol

The Government of Peru denounced this Friday that the volume of oil spilled in Ventanilla and originating in the La Pampilla refinery, a subsidiary of the multinational company Repsol, is almost double that reported by the company.

In a Press conference, the Minister of the Environment, Rubén Ramírez, pointed out that the total crude oil that fell into the country’s waters and beaches on January 15 reaches 11,900 barrels, and not 6,000 as had been reported by the firm based in Madrid, Spain.

The official also explained that the spill has spread over 44 kilometers linear to the shores of Chancay, another Lima district located north of Ventanilla.

According to Ramírez, a total of 11,337 hectares of sea and land as a product of this ecological disaster.

“We are facing an unprecedented scenario in history of our homeland. We never thought that an event like this would occur, that it would generate great environmental and economic damages,” said the head of the Environment portfolio.

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While the Government and the company try to restore the area, where affected beaches, protected areas, marine flora and fauna In the Peruvian province of Callao, the Peruvian Prosecutor’s Office is investigating what happened to determine responsibilities.

This Thursday, the prosecutors in charge of the case asked the Justice to prohibit four executives from leaving the country for 18 months of the La Pampilla SA Refinery, managed by Grupo Repsol del Perú SAC, for the alleged crime of environmental contamination, a request that was accepted by the Judiciary.