Report: Chevron blamed in southern coast’s oil spill
BRASILIA | A huge oil spill off Brazil’s southern coast was the result of excessive pressure used by oil giant Chevron in drilling the sea floor, according to a report by police and prosecutors published by local media Tuesday.
The O Globo newspaper quoted Fabio Scliar, head of the environment unit of Brazil’s federal police department, as saying that the deep-water well “could not and should not have been drilled under the conditions presented in the area,” adding that an “absurd” amount of pressure was used at the site situated off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.
“All indications are that a desire for profits led [Chevron] to take the prohibitive risk” of drilling at the site, Mr. Scliar concluded in the document, according to O Globo.
Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency, the country’s national oil regulator, has estimated that some 2,400 barrels of crude were spilled at the site.
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