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Oceana on oil spill in Ventanilla: “It is not in sight, but if you go into the sea you will find pieces of crude oil”

In about 11 days it will be two months since the “worst ecological disaster” occurred in Lima after Repsol spilled more than 10,000 barrels of oil in the Ventanilla Sea. The NGO Oceana maintains that the surface cleaning is progressing by the company, but to date it is estimated that 40% of the crude oil still remains in the sea.

Juan Carlos Riverascientific director of the organization oceanatold this newspaper that a group of specialists went to the affected area and have been able to verify that it is still reported oil on the seabedand that the cleaning of this space It is already part of another plan that has not yet started, which is the remedy.

The oil is in the sea, it is no longer on the surface. It is at the bottom of the sea, it is in the water. A broken oil is obviously not the original oil, it is the degraded oil, and there is a certain amount that it will come out in the next few weeks probably even after Easter when the swell comes a little stronger”, Indian.

Riveros reiterated that the estimated time of recovery of the environment is between six and ten years. For this reason, he stressed that apart from the actions taken by Repsolit is necessary that the General Directorate of Environmental Health (Digesa) report on the situation of the resorts affected by oil to date.

It was on January 30 that the entity attached to the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that a total of 24 beaches are contaminated so far from Ventanilla to the Chancay coast.

It is estimated that it is between 40% and 50% of hydrocarbons that still remain in the sea […] Eventually, that cleanup process hasn’t started yet because for that purpose, Repsol has to apply a remediation plan that indicates what steps it is going to take. We cannot say that it is clean because they have not yet completed the cleanup and the environmental standards show it,” mentioned.

At least 40% of the oil has not been collected, it is in the sea. On the surface you will see that there are clean areas, there is no oil in sight, but you put your hand or you go into the sea and you will find pieces of oil”, insisted the representative of oceana.

Until February, it was reported that two nature reserves and 24 beaches were affected by the oil spill in the Ventanilla Sea, last Saturday, January 15 | Photo: The Trade

ROLE OF THE STATE IS NOT ENOUGH

For the Oceana organization, the actions taken by the State are not enough to maintain that the very probable negligence has been overshadowed by a political situation and does not allow the Repsol company to assume responsibility for the environmental damage.

“It is important that the Digesa carry out water quality studies. Repsol is taking advantage of the incapacity of this administration, of the little technical capacity that this administration has. It is noted that the state it is not fulfilling its role as custodian of the heritage of biodiversity”, said.

At the end of February, the Minister of the Environment, Modesto Montoyaannounced that they have proposed a bill that grants greater powers to the State to take action against companies that pollute the environment.

COMPENSATION IS A PALLIATIVE

The scientific director believed that what was announced by the Government and Repsol to grant those affected by the oil spill andwindow an advance of up to S/ 3,000 as part of the economic compensation for this population, responds to the demands and actions announced by the affected fishermen and families.

“They try to reduce the possibility that these affected organizations will go to trial, which is possible. The 3 thousand soles is just an emergency palliative, but that does not mean that they are going to be left alone. That responds to the fact that two days before the fishermen had announced that they were going to block the road. That is a subject that if you do not press you do nothing”, narrowed down

Fishermen and merchants from Chacra and Mar affected by the oil spill.  Photo/ Jorge Cerdán / @photo.gec
Fishermen and merchants from Chacra and Mar affected by the oil spill. Photo/ Jorge Cerdán / @photo.gec

BEACH CLEANING

Repsol announced on February 23 that the cleaning operation is already at 82%. He indicated that once this process is completed, the authorities will be summoned to certify the good condition of the beaches.

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