On January 15, an oil spill occurred off the coast of Peru from the La Pampilla oil refinery in Lima, Callao province. Now, four months later, the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) of Peru reported this Friday that sued against Repsol for $4,500 million for damages after the oil spill In the north of the country. “We have filed this claim under the terms of the Civil Code, which states that anyone who manages a hazardous asset or engages in a hazardous activity and causes harm to others obliged to compensate” said Indecopi director Julián Palacin in a video released by the institution.
He assured that the oil spill (approximately 11,000 barrels) affected 700,000 people and that it caused the closure of dozens of beaches, shops, restaurants and tourism services during the summer season, as well as fishermen. Fine $3 billion for damages plus $1,500 million for moral damages. consumers, users and victims, a figure to be determined by the judge at the time of the decision.
“Prejudice and moral damage caused to the population of the said area they are protected executions by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights,” Palasin said. He concluded by announcing that this was the first time in Peru that civil liability international oil company in defense of the interests of the population and confirmed that this could be a “unique judicial precedent” in the country.
A civil action for damages was filed in the 27th Civil Court of the Lima Superior Court of Justice against six defendants: Repsol SA (Spain), Mapfre Global Risks (Spain), Mapfre Peru Insurance and Reinsurance Companies (Peru), La Pampilla Refinery (Peru) , Transtotal Maritime Agency (Peru) and Fratelli d’amico Armatori (Italy).
Repsol oil spill occurred on January 15 at an oil refinery in La Pampilla., about 20 kilometers from Lima, and was defined by the UN as “the worst environmental disaster in the history of the country.” For its part, the Spanish oil company announced its long-term commitment to help both to restore the biodiversity of the affected areas, and to pay compensation to the victims.
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