Peru declares environmental emergency after oil spill

Trabalho de limpeza das áreas terrestres e marítimas afetadas pelo derramamento de petróleo nas proximidades de Lima.

Cleaning of land and sea areas affected by the oil spill near Lima.| Photo: EFE/Stringer

The Peruvian Ministry of the Environment declared on Saturday an environmental emergency for 90 days in the geographic area of ​​the Peruvian coast affected by an oil spill, while searching for more information about the circumstances of the incident at sea when a refinery operated by Spanish oil company Repsol was being supplied. The spill affects, so far, an area of ​​almost 3 square kilometers of beach and sea.

The accident occurred on the last day , when an oil tanker unloaded its crude oil at one of the multi-buoy terminals at the La Pampilla refinery, which Repsol operates in Ventanilla, in the municipality of Callao, a port region that borders the capital Lima. The oil company informed this Saturday that it has removed more than 2.384 cubic meters of compromised sand and will have about than 1,500 people carrying out cleaning work in the affected land and sea areas. Repsol attributed the abnormal waves to the volcanic eruption on the remote island of Tonga, which, according to them, caused the oil spill off the coast of Lima and Callao. )