The organisation Fridays for Future Peru is calling for an open assembly to gather information from social organisations, collectives and leaders interested in taking action against the oil spill in Ventanilla.

The La Pampilla refinery, which belongs to the multinational company REPSOL, caused the spill of six thousand barrels of oil, but reported seven gallons to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The meeting will be held on 20 January at 7:00 p.m. and aims to gather institutional support. To participate you must fill out a form at this link:

Environmental crime

The spill at La Pampilla, in the Ventanilla sea, occurred on 15 January, to which the company said that it was a “limited spill” and that they managed to control the incident.

However, the oil spread to the beaches of Ventanilla, Ancón and Santa Rosa, causing irreparable damage to marine ecosystems, affecting fishing activity and the health of the area’s citizens.

The refinery told the Public Prosecutor’s Office that it was seven gallons, which was denied by an announcement from the Minister of the Environment, Rubén Ramírez, who indicated that it was six thousand barrels.

Recent reports indicate that the company, now under investigation by the Fiscalía Especializada en Materia Ambiental (FEMA), has spilled oil on the coast on more than one occasion, and this is not the first time it has described it as a minor incident.

Entities such as the Natural Protected Areas Service (SERNANP) continue to carry out studies of the impacts in the area.

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