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Peru fines Pluspetrol nearly 30 million soles for environmental damage

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This week the Peruvian government announced it had fined Argentine firm Pluspetrol for 29.75 million soles, for failure to complete environmental cleanup activities.

According to an article in Peru21, the government’s Environmental Assessment and Control Agency (OEFA), issued the fine after the firm failed to meet deadlines that had been established for the stoppage of environmental damage to the Yanayacu reservoir, located in Loreto.

The government, the daily said, had ordered Pluspetrol to see to the cleaning of the site, which covers a total area of 6.93 hectares, which had been contaminated with petrol.

The cleanup deadline, the OEFA said, had been originally set for May 2009.

During the administrative proceedings the Argentine firm acknowledged that it had failed to comply with the environmental remediation, but argued it had requested an amendment to the deadline.

The amendment, Peru21 reported, was eventually rejected by the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

“Pluspetrol did not prove that the company was unable to meet commitments to undertake the remediation," the OEFA said in a statement.

 

The government, the daily said, had ordered Pluspetrol to see to the cleaning of the site, which covers a total area of 6.93 hectares, which had been contaminated with petrol.

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