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Oil spill in Brazilian beaches is of Venezuelan origin, claims environment minister

Thursday, October 10th 2019 - 09:55 UTC
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“This oil probably came from Venezuela, as a report from Petrobas shows. This oil was found in a foreign ship sailing near the Brazilian coast,” Ricardo Salles said 
“This oil probably came from Venezuela, as a report from Petrobas shows. This oil was found in a foreign ship sailing near the Brazilian coast,” Ricardo Salles said
The minister said the leak, which he called “accidental or not,” had been difficult to contain. The minister said the leak, which he called “accidental or not,” had been difficult to contain.

Large blots of oil that have turned up on more than 130 Brazilian beaches are “very probably” of Venezuelan origin, Brazil's environment minister said on Wednesday. The oil began appearing in early September and has been seen along a 2,000-kilometre stretch of the northeastern Atlantic coast - with around 130 tons of oil residue collected by Monday.

“This oil probably came from Venezuela, as a report from Petrobas shows. This oil was found in a foreign ship sailing near the Brazilian coast,” Ricardo Salles told a congressional commission.

The minister said the leak, which he called “accidental or not,” had been difficult to contain.

Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobas, which is taking part in the clean-up, said the oil “was neither produced nor sold” by the company after analyzing local samples last week.

The oil has appeared in all nine of Brazil's northeastern states - a poor region with an economy that depends largely on tourism at its picturesque beaches.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday that authorities had identified where the oil was coming from, but did not name the country in question.

Brasilia and Caracas have a tenuous relationship, with Brazil calling the socialist regime of its northern neighbor “dictatorial.”

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  • Brasileiro

    The second photo is not in Brazil.

    Oct 10th, 2019 - 06:28 pm 0
  • :o))

    REF: “Oil spill in Brazilian beaches is of Venezuelan origin, claims environment minister”:

    - “CLAIMS”?
    - meaning NOT sure?
    - Even if it is a proven fact; what concrete action does Brazil plan against almighty Venezuela towards Damage-Recovery?

    Oct 12th, 2019 - 04:43 pm 0
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