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Peruvian authorities fine Spanish Repsol over oil spill

02/14/2022 - 10:03

The Peruvian authorities have fined the Spanish company Repsol for $120,000 in connection with an oil leak at its refinery, the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment reported.

Raúl Ortiz de Lejarazu Machin
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This week, Repsol begins the final cleanup after an oil spill off Peru's coast.

A fine is reportedly being imposed for failure to clean up the oil spill.

"Environment Minister Modesto Montoya has inspected the work carried out by Repsol, in accordance with administrative measures dictated by the Environmental Evaluation and Supervision Agency (OEFA)... which has already imposed a fine on the company for failing to comply with the first measure related to the identification of affected areas. The fine imposed on Repsol is... 460 thousand soles. This measure will be applied consistently until compliance with the first obligation is confirmed," the ministry said in a statement.

On January 15, north of Lima, in the province of Callao, a spill of about 10,000 barrels of oil occurred while unloading from a ship to a refinery, causing sea pollution of nearly 1.1 million square meters and endangering the flora and fauna in two protected natural areas of over 18,000 square kilometers.