On January 15, the Peruvian coast was affected by an oil spill from the La Pampilla refinery, in the Lima province of Callao in the north of the country. Now, four months later, the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) of Peru reported that it has filed a lawsuit against the oil company. This complaint for 4,500 million dollars, about 4,322 million euros in exchange, has been described by Repsol as “unfounded, unfounded and incongruous“.
“It is unfounded, unfounded and incongruous because does not address the causes of the spillnor to the cleaning and remediation work (long-term recovery) already completed by Repsol, nor to the care channels for those affected,” the Spanish oil company said in a statement. The company added that the estimates of the measure “lack of the slightest base”, and stressed that since the accident “it has put all the means at its disposal to contain, clean and remedy the coastline, help the communities in the area and rescue and care for the affected fauna”.
Indecopi informed on Thursday of the filing of a lawsuit for 3,000 million dollars for the damages caused by the spill and another 1,500 million for moral damages to consumers, users and those affected, a figure that has to be defined by the judge at the time of ruling. The institution assured that the oil spill (approximately 11,000 barrels) affected 700,000 inhabitants and that this caused the closure of dozens of beaches, shops, restaurants and tourist services in the summer season, in addition to affecting fishermen.
“The prejudice and moral damages suffered by the population of that area are protected by the rulings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights,” declared the director of Indecopi, Julián Palacín, after recalling that this is the first case in Peru where the civil liability to an international oil company in defense of the interests of the population. The Repsol oil spill occurred on January 15 at the La Pampilla Refinerylocated in the municipality of Ventanilla, about 20 kilometers from Lima, and was defined by the UN “as the worst ecological disaster in the country’s history.”
According to the company, the causes of the spill, which are still being investigated, respond to the “uncontrolled movement of the Mare Doricum vessel at the time of unloading crude, which caused the rupture of the submarine facility.” In the statement, the company He pointed out that in the cleaning tasks he mobilized more than 2,900 workersdeployed up to 11,000 meters of containment booms and had 144 units of heavy machinery, nearly 90 boats and 68 skimmers (marine cleaning equipment).
“As a result of this extensive human and technical deployment, based on the best international standards, on April 13 Repsol reported to the competent Peruvian authority the completion of first response actions in 28 areas north of Lima, declaring them clean, awaiting approval from the authority“, he added. He also recalled that he made available to the population affected by the spill an emergency economic aid mechanism that reached more than 4,600 people, in addition to the agreement signed with the Peruvian Government to deliver an advance payment of final compensation to Register of affected people, which to date amounted to more than 29 million soles (about 7.6 million dollars). “The global amount of these items would be around 150 million US dollars,” the company explained.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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