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Oil executives from Spanish company Repsol barred from leaving Peru after massive spill

The journey ban will final for 18 months, in accordance with Judge Romualdo Aguedo. It applies to 4 workers of the Spanish vitality and oil company Repsol: the final supervisor of La Pampilla refinery, Jaime Fernández-Cuesta, and three company administrators — Renzo Tejada, Gisela Posadas and José Rey.

The 4 won’t attraction the choice, in accordance with their attorneys, who stated that the Repsol executives deliberate to cooperate with authorities as they examine the catastrophe.

Last week, Peruvian President Pedro Castillo declared a state of environmental emergency for coastal areas affected by the spill, calling it an “ecological disaster.” The measure is to final 90 enterprise days, Castillo stated.

The January 15 spill occurred as crude oil was being unloaded from a ship to the La Pampilla Refinery, which is managed by Repsol, after a powerful volcano erupted 1000’s of miles away in Tonga.

The ship was struck by waves attributable to the underwater eruption, dumping greater than 6,000 barrels of crude oil into the waters close to Ventanilla district in Callao, Peru’s chief seaport.

Oil has since been discovered within the ocean and seashore sands alongside Peru’s coast, together with the islands of Pescadores and Puntas Guaneras.

“The crude oil spill constitutes a sudden and of significant impact event against the coastal marine ecosystem of a high biological diversity, and a high-risk for public health,” the Peruvian authorities stated in a press release final Sunday.

Peru’s overseas minister, Oscar Maurtua, requested Repsol final week to compensate fishermen whose livelihoods had been all however eradicated within the wake of the accident.

“The Repsol oil spill in Ventanilla is the worst ecological disaster that has occurred in Lima in recent times and has caused serious damage to hundreds of fishermen’s families. Repsol must compensate for this damage immediately,” Maurtua stated in a tweet.

Cleaning crews work to remove oil from a beach in the Peruvian summer resort town of Ancón, in northern Lima, on January 20.

A Repsol spokesperson denied that the company ought to settle for duty for the incident. Last week, Tine Van Den Wall Bake informed native radio station RPP that “we did not cause this ecological disaster and we cannot say who is responsible.”

The spokesperson added that they’d requested the Peruvian Navy if there was a tsunami threat on the time and if the unloading ought to go forward. The navy gave Repsol the inexperienced mild to function as regular, Bake stated.

She added that the company was dedicated to restoring all the shoreline to its authentic state. In a Sunday assertion, Repsol stated it has organized greater than 1,350 “properly trained” folks to scrub the ocean and shoreline affected by the spill.

CNN’s Jose Armijo contributed to this report.

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