World Issues and Crisis: Peru Oil Spill


Sarah Richart

The Peru Oil Spills leads to the bigger question: is oil-drilling needed?

Sarah-Jean, Reporter

The threat of oil spill’s is widely known around the globe, many countries have experienced such a tragedy. Some major disasters came from:

  • The Amoco Cadiz Oil Spill
  • The Castillo de Bellver Oil Spill
  • The Kola River Spill
  • The Atlantic Empress Oil Spill

Now, Peru faces the same reprimanding incident. 6,000 barrels of oil spilled into the coast of Peru resulting in birds and mammals at risk for hypothermia due to loss of insulating ability and long term effects that will effect wildlife like enlarged livers, fin degradation, and death.

The effects aren’t limited to just wildlife. Fishermen who rely on their job for survival will be put out of work due to the shrinking marine life. Not only this but the spill can cause lung disease in humans. The damage can last for decades, scientists say.

Environmental Pollution Center states, humans are put in danger due to “high risk for food pollution” and “drinking polluted water” results in life-threatening issues.

This all trickles down into an overall claim, do the benefits of drilling oil outweigh the cons? Many countries have seen the negative affect this production has on almost every aspect of ones life. From fossil fuels damaging the ozone layer to the destruction of marine life and habitats.

NRDC, The Natural Resources Defense Council, has a vow to action and petition resources as well as donation opportunities to help them go further in succeeding their goal to “Keep our coasts permanently off-limits to oil and gas drilling.”

Some of their demands for the Biden-Harris administration are:

  • Action to combat climate chance: devoting 40% of investment to communities most at risk and protecting the US from fossil fuel pollution as well as investing in electric vehicles
  • Stopping fossil fuel development: prevent drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, coasts, and wild lands