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Oil spill in Ventanilla: it is impossible to resume fishing two years after the Repsol ecocide

Oil spill in Ventanilla: it is impossible to resume fishing two years after the Repsol ecocide

The response actions carried out by Repsol have not been efficient, according to the Government. 25 beaches remain contaminated.

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In January 2022, the Repsol company generated one of the most tragic environmental disasters in our history when thousands of barrels of oil spilled into the Ventanilla Sea adjacent to the La Pampilla refinery (Relapasaa).

Almost two years after the ecocide, the Government reported that adequate conditions on the coast have not yet been recovered to resume artisanal fishing.

“There is no conclusive evidence to indicate that the area affected by the spill is free of oil”says a document published by the Peruvian Sea Institute (Imarpe) based on an evaluation carried out in June of this year.

It should be noted that a working group was formed with the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Health, Produce and the Ministry of the Environment to analyze the impacts of the oil spill.

Thus, they also warn that of the 30 bathing and recreational beaches for the public, 25 are “still affected” by the presence of oil.

They also recalled that according to environmental studies between March and October 2022, the first response actions carried out by Repsol were not efficient to mitigate the effects of the spill.

The Government urges the municipalities of the damaged districts to dictate pertinent measures to safeguard the health of their population since the contamination – generated by a company that sponsors the Peruvian Football Federation – is still latent.

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