The president of Indecopi, Julián Palacín, reported tonight that they have filed a lawsuit against Repsol for US$ 4,500 million after the oil spill in the Ventanilla Sea registered in January of this year.
The civil claim for compensation for damages was filed before the 27th Civil Court of the Superior Court of Justice of Lima against six defendants jointly and severally: Repsol SA (Spain), Mapfre Global Risks (Spain), Mapfre Peru Insurance and Reinsurance Companies (Peru), La Pampilla Refinery (Peru), Transtotal Maritime Agency (Peru) and Fratelli d’amico Armatori (Italy).
The process, in this case, allows an abstract valuation: US$ 3,000 million for the damages caused and US$ 1,500 million for the non-material damage to the consumersusers and third parties affected, although this figure will be finally specified by the court in its ruling.
As recalled, the oil spill from the Repsol company affected approximately more than 700,000 residents, in addition to the closure of multiple beaches and businesses in the areas. Several fishermen’s associations from all the coves between Ventanilla and Barranca (clearly identified in the reports of the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement – OEFA), were also affected.
Palacín Gutiérrez indicated that “these actions could generate jurisprudence on issues of oil spills that cause damage and collective moral damage due to environmental pollution in coastal areas, beaches, artisanal fishing activities, tourism and commercial activities of the more than twenty affected resorts. ”.