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Peru described on Wednesday an oil spill at its coastal capital as "the worst ecological disaster" in recent times. Locals continued their protest on against the Spain-based company that manages La …More
Peru described on Wednesday an oil spill at its coastal capital as "the worst ecological disaster" in recent times. Locals continued their protest on against the Spain-based company that manages La Pampilla refinery, which processes around 117,000 oil barrels a day, according to its website. Repsol denied any responsibility. It said that the Navy did not provide any tsunami warning and a tanker carrying oil continued to unload it and that a wave then caused the disaster. Authorities estimate 6,000 barrels of oil were spilled in the area rich in marine biodiversity. Peru's Foreign Ministry said in its Twitter account that it also "caused serious harm to hundreds of fishing families" and that Repsol "must compensate for this damage immediately." Peruvian authorities also said that the spill has endangered flora and fauna in two protected natural areas. The range of the oil black spots in almost four kilometers has left seabirds dead. Dozens of ecology activists in different parts of the coast organized to clean up some birds that were still alive but stained with crude oil. Fisherman Alejandro Huaroto, who lives near one of the polluted beaches, was one of those who helped rescue affected birds. "We have bags of dead animals, but we also find some alive... every time we carry animals we clean them and give them first aid," he said. bloomberg