Peru oil spill: Judge bars Repsol executives from leaving country

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Peru's government says an oil spill triggered by the volcanic eruption near Tonga is twice as big as feared. It is estimated nearly 12,000 barrels has leaked into the Pacific Ocean. A judge in Peru has barred four executives from Spanish energy giant Repsol from leaving the country for 18 months, as authorities investigate a gigantic oil spill that saw approximately 11,900 barrels of oil leak into the ocean – almost double an initial estimate. The Peruvian government has described the January 15 spill, which Repsol said was caused by huge waves caused by a volcanic eruption on Tonga, as the largest “ecological disaster” in recent years. Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez has more from Lima, Peru. - Follow us on Twitter: - Find us on Facebook: - Check our website: #Peru #PeruOilSpill #PeruEcologicalDisaster
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