Brazil gov’t to fine Chevron almost US$28 million for oil spill cleanup


AP

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s environmental agency said Monday it will fine Chevron nearly US$28 million for a continuing oil spill off the Rio de Janeiro coast, and the company could face several more similar fines in the coming days. The agency said through its press office that it will fine the oil company the maximum 50 million reals allowed under current Brazilian law. Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said at a press conference in Brasilia, however, that as an investigation into the leak continues, Chevron could face “five or six” other fines of the same amount if more infractions are found. Rio de Janeiro state’s environment secretary, Carlos Minc, said the national government will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill.