It has been called the worst environmental disaster in the country’s modern history. It was said when the authorities thought the dump was 6000 barrels. Now it turns out that it is twice as large.
The smell of death
Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez says that the information they have so far indicates a spill of 11,900 barrels of oil into the sea.
After that, an oil tanker was hit by a tsunami Tonga earthquake on January 15. The ship was to carry the oil to a refinery located a little north of the capital, Lima.
Twenty-one beaches along the Pacific coast of Peru are polluted with sticky, foul-smelling oils.
I usually go out on the morning twig to hunt. Now I can walk here on the beach and look at the dead lobster. Now, there is only the smell of death here, fisherman Walter de la Cruz tells the Reuters news agency.
You may not leave Peru
Now the ship’s owner, Repsol, will not be allowed to leave Peru. A judge told three directors and others in the department whether they should stay in the country for the next 18 months, while the case was investigated.
According to the authorities in the country, the oil company can expect a fine of about 34 million dollars, which is about 304.5 million Norwegian kroner.
Repsol employed more than 2,000 people for the cleaning business. The Minister of State at the Environment Ministry, Alfredo Mamani, told AFP that they had cleaned nearly 4,200 barrels.
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