Oil spill near Paracas National Reserve in Ica, Peru

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

Firefighters and port authorities were called into action when an oil spill was reported Tuesday at General San Martin port in Pisco, a province located in the region of Ica.

It was reported that five fire departments had to help clean up the oil, which was spilled at approximately 9:00 a.m.

The spill was approximately 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter and was caused by one of the ships that belong to the area.

The situation was under control at 3:00 p.m., at which time firefighters began their trip home, reported Peru’s state news agency.

Authorities reported that there were no injuries.

General San Martin port is located in the northern region of the Paracas peninsula. It has a wharf that was built in 1969 and had not been repaired since 1999.

Pluspetrol representatives affirmed that the spill did not have anything to do with the operations they are performing in the area. The company refused to take responsibility for the accident.

On the other hand, Pluspetrol stated it had helped in the clean up process because port authorities had solicited their assistance.

It is believed that the spill could affect the Paracas National Reserve.