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U Next oil leak off the Peruvian coasts occurred on Tuesday as work was carried out on an underwritten pipeline. The refinery of the Spanish oil company Repsol in order to investigate the causes of the oil spill on January 15, announced the authorities Wednesday.

"The (new) leakagement would have occurred on January 25 at the preliminary work of the withdrawal of the PLEM (Pipeline End Manifolds), which are" oil collection and distribution equipment, explained in a statement L Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Agency (OEFA), which depends on the Ministry of the Environment.

The amount of crude spilled at the time of this new leak has not been specified. On January 15th, 6,000 crude barrels had already spread at sea during unloading from a tanker to this Repsol refinery from Pampilla, located in Ventanilla, 30 km north of Lima.

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In another press release, the Peruvian Navy informed that during an inspection flight made on Tuesday having aimed at monitoring the area affected by the first black tide, the crew had observed a "oily tablecloth" nearby of the refinery pipeline.

consulted by the Navy, the refinery officials admitted that before "the inspection and reparation" of the oil pipeline, of oil "had infiltrated" at sea, according to this communiqué.

Tuesday night, before the announcement by the authorities of this new spill, Repsol Peru had denied any new black tide. "We will give up a second spill of hydrocarbons. We warn the population on the circulation of false information," the company said on its website, without further details.

The oil tide occurred on January 15 defened the coasts of the center of Peru, more than 40 kilometers from the refinery. She resulted in the death of thousands of fish and marine birds and put hundreds of craft fishermen unemployed. In the middle of the southern summer, the tourism sector of this area is also hit hard.

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According to the government, more than 180 hectares of littoral have been soiled, as well as 713 hectares of maritime spaces.

The leaders of Repsol in Peru reject the responsibility on the strong swell present that day in the Pacific after the powerful volcanic eruption in the Tonga Islands which caused a generalized tsunami, flooding from the coasts of the United States to the Chile , as well as the Japan .

The Prosecutor detached from the Ministry of the Environment, Julio Cesar Guzman, announced Wednesday that four representatives of Repsol who "were responsible for assessing the risks of management", were the subject of an investigation and would be "convened" to make their statement in the parquet ".

"The damage is undeniable," Guzman said at the local RPP radio.

26/01/2022 17:26:21 - Callao (Peru) ( AFP ) - © 2022 AFP

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