Regulatory News

Environmentalists warn of the risk of death of animals because of the oil spill from a Chevron well in the Campos Basin off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro. According to biologist Sofiati Anderson, Fluminense Federal University, even with the oil slick moving in the opposite direction to the coast, the contamination is already large and its effects will last long.

"The area will be affected, regardless of the success of the cleaning up. The whole food chain is compromised. Animals which are not killed by direct contact with the oil will starve or have to look for food elsewhere, leaving the dead area," he said.

For biologist Mario Moscatelli, whales are the main victims. "This is the migration season to the South, and if the slick is in the way, the animals may become disoriented or sick," he said.

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