Regulatory News


Last week, Brazil recorded its first oil spill from a well that explores an area below the salt layer. The accident, caused by the rupture of a pipe, occurred in the Santos Basin, a northeast Carioca field 250 kilometers off the coast of São Paulo. The oil slick, which spread over 70 square kilometers, has been contained, according to the Navy.

The Federal Police and the Federal Prosecutor have opened an inquiry into the cause of the leak. The Brazilian Institute for the Environment (IBAMA) has notified Petrobras, which operates the field in the subsalt, requesting information about what was done to reduce the consequences of the oil spill. According to the Company, as soon as the problem was detected, the system was shut down to prevent more oil from leaking.

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