Friday, November 18, 2011

Oil Leak in Brazil in Chevron Well: Police Opens Investigation Against Company

There is an oil leak 129Km off the coast of Brazil on a well being drilled by Chevron. Transocean seems to be involved as well.

O Globo newspaper today has full page on it:

Just yesterday the company had denied any leaks from the wellhead were taking place:

"Rio de Janeiro, November 17, 2011 - 18:30 - Chevron Upstream Frade Ltda Brazil today confirmed that the cementing operation to seal an appraisal well located near the Frade field is in progress.
The company also confirms that there was never any flow of oil through the wellhead and the most recent monitoring indicates that the lines of the oil oozing near the ocean floor was reduced to an occasional drip".

Occasional drip? Today the Brazilian oil agency says there was  a technical flaw on the well and that it was not due to natural causes, and the government is demanding  the company come and testify.

Brazilian federal police has open an investigation on the case.

O Estado de Sao Paulo today: "The company may have caused an environmental accident in the Campos Basin in Rio, because of an oil spill in a shoe of one of the wells drilled for oil in the area for about eight days.
Federal police in Rio de Janeiro yesterday filed the police report to investigate the cuases of the environmental accident that has occurred in the Campos Basin. Those responsible for the incident may be indicted for pollution offenses and, if convicted, are subject to penalties ranging from 1 to 5 years imprisonment".

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