Mystery oil spill pollutes Brazil's beaches

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

In early September, environmental agencies in Brazil began noticing crude oil washing up on more than 100 beaches in nine northeastern states, from Maranhao in the north down to Bahia.

The Federal Police started to investigate the spills last week to try to determine where the oil came from.

"It does not look like a criminal spill. It is complex. We have on our radar screen a country that could be the origin of the oil", Bolsonaro said. He declined to name the country because the investigation is still underway.

Brazil's state-controlled oil and gas giant Petrobras has concluded that the oil polluting over 100 beaches in Brazil's northeastern coast originates from Venezuela, said local media on Tuesday. Its origins remains a mystery. Speaking with lawmakers on Tuesday, the chief executive of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) said it had collected 133 tonnes (146.6 tons) of oil along Brazil's northeastern shoreline, adding that the mysterious slicks were "strange" and "worrying".

After an investigation last month, Brazil's navy and the state-controlled oil company Petrobas concluded that the oil was produced overseas, but did not know where, Reuters reported. Ricardo Salles said Monday on Twitter that 42 cities have been affected by the spills.

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