By Stephen Eisenhammer, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A federal judge in Rio de Janeiro has barred seventeen executives from Chevron and Transocean from leaving Brazil until criminal charges relating to an oil spill last November are processed. The executives were under court orders to hand in their passports by Sunday, while they await criminal charges which are expected to be filed on Wednesday.

The judge’s request comes just days after a fresh oil leak was spotted . . .

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