November 30, 2022

Peru sues Repsol for US $ 4,500 million for the contamination of the oil spill

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(CNN) — Peru’s consumer protection agency will sue the Spanish oil company Repsol for US$4.5 billion in civil liability to the population for contamination from the oil spill that occurred in January, according to a statement from the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and of the Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi).

The spill on January 15 occurred when crude oil was being unloaded from a ship to the La Pampilla Refinery, managed by Repsol, after the eruption of a powerful volcano thousands of kilometers away, in Tonga. The ship was hit by the waves caused by the underwater eruption, spilling more than 6,000 barrels of crude oil into the waters near the Ventanilla district, in Callao, Peru’s main seaport.

According to the statement, the head of Indecopi, Julián Palacín Gutiérrez, declared that, as a consequence of the oil spill, the closure of the beaches not only caused a serious impact on the economy but also on the people who worked on the beaches. The maritime environment was also affected.

“We seek compensation for the affected population, third-party beneficiaries of civil liability coverage who live 150 km from the contaminated coast,” Palacín Gutiérrez said in a statement.

Palacín Gutiérrez denied that the oil spill issue has been resolved as oil company Repsol said in a statement published in a press announcement in Peru.

Peru’s environmental monitoring and evaluation agency OEFA reported on August 15 that Peru’s 25 beaches from Callao to Huaral continue to be affected by hydrocarbons, according to the statement.



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