Peru Repsol was not aware of the magnitude of the oil spill on the coast "until a day later"
The amount of crude oil spilled into the sea in
was double what had been reported so far, the government announced on Friday, hours after the court banned four directors of the Spanish oil company
Repsol from leaving the country for 18 months.
"We have a figure so far of
dumped into the sea on January 15, instead of the 6,000 reported so far,
Environment Minister Rubén Ramírez
said at a press conference.
The spill, described as an "ecological disaster" by the Peruvian government, occurred while the Italian-flagged tanker
Mare Doricum was unloading at the
30 km north of
owned by Repsol.
The company attributed the accident to waves caused by the volcanic eruption in
Meanwhile, the deputy environment minister
, Alfredo Mamani,
confirmed that "the new estimate is 11,900 barrels, [as] the minister said."
The black oil stain has been dragged by sea currents about 140 km north of the refinery, according to the prosecution, causing the death of an undetermined number of fish and seabirds.
In addition, it left hundreds of artisanal fishermen unemployed, who have staged protests against the Spanish company.
"To date, there are already
4,225 barrels recovered"
from the sea and beaches, just over a third of the total, explained Deputy Minister Mamani.
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