Brazil Bans Chevron from Drilling in the Country While Spill Is Investigated

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    Chevron Brazil The ANP (National Petroleum Agency), Brazil’s oil regulator announced it is suspending the drilling rights of US oil major Chevron in Brazilian territory until the oil multinational clarifies conditions of the recent oil spill in its Frade field. off Rio’s coast.

    The agency also said it has denied Chevron’s request to drill into ultra-deep sub-salt areas, which hold huge deposits of oil off Brazil’s coast.

    More than 2.400 barrels leaked into the Atlantic Ocean about 370 kilometers off the northeastern coast of Rio de Janeiro state.

    Chevron has said it underestimated the pressure of an underwater oil reservoir while drilling on Nov. 7. That allowed oil to rise up a bore hole and make its way to the ocean’s surface even though regulators say the leak is now under control.

    Testifying before the Brazilian congress Chevron Brazil CEO George Buck apologized for the spill but added that his company “acted as rapidly and safely as possible” and “used all resources” to contain and stop the flow of oil from the well.

    “We controlled the source in four days. We worked with transparency and cooperation with the authorities of Brazil,” Buck told Brazilian lawmakers. “Please understand that during those first days it was very confusing, very difficult to manage the flow of information.”

    Brazil’s government slapped Chevron with a $28 million fine on Monday for causing an offshore oil spill, and the penalty could rise as the U.S. company faces a political backlash over the accident.

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    • us observer

      if brazil acts up on this american oil company then americans will drill baby drill in the usa…
      political backlash???…why is that ?…perhaps similar to the political backlash or anti american propaganda that brazil thrives on,,, especially the lies and misinformation and twisting of facts with the american pilots affair when imcompetent brazilian air traffick contollers caused a terrible tragic collision in the sky between a brazilian airliner and a american owned jet piloted by 2 american pilots .oh that kind of political backlash !!!…so f*cking what!!..chevron invested in this project petro-brazil accepted that investment and now this!!!!…this kind of sh*t is exspected from a (chavez)or a little worm like castro !!!…the only backlash that will be achieved by any this those dam american gringos will be that americans will be disgusted and outraged that we are even there in the first place rather then drilling in our own vast fields which are the largest in the world..

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