Fri. Jan 24th, 2020

Petroleos de Venezuela rejects accusations of crude oil on the beaches of Brazil

The state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) rejected on Thursday what it considered "unfounded accusations" of Brazil, after the Ministry of Environment of that country indicated that the oil stains on its beaches come from a loaded "foreign" ship "most likely" with Venezuelan oil.

"We categorically reject the unfounded accusations of Brazilian government officials who intend to endorse the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and our main industry PDVSA an oil spill that impacts the coasts of that country," said the president of the oil company, Manuel Quevedo, on Twitter.

The Venezuelan oil minister also considered that the accusations seek to "deepen the unilateral coercive aggressions against the Venezuelan people."

In a statement, PDVSA said that in its fields "there is no evidence of oil spill (…) that could have caused damage to the marine ecosystem of the neighboring country" and noted that it has not received reports from customers or subsidiaries "on a possible breakdown or spillage near the Brazilian coast. "

Since the beginning of September, tons of oil remains have reached the tourist beaches of the nine states that make up the northeastern region of Brazil, but the origin of them is still not officially known.

So far, Brazilian authorities have collected around 130 tons of crude oil – equivalent to 500 barrels of oil – in different parts of the Northeast coast, which have affected the marine ecosystem of the region.

Many turtles and birds have been found on oil-drenched beaches, although the total environmental impact of this mysterious incident is still unknown.

The country's Minister of Environment, Ricardo Salles, said Wednesday that oil stains that have contaminated at least 138 areas of the northeast coast of Brazil come from a "foreign ship" most likely "loaded" with Venezuelan crude.

Investigations launched by state oil company Petrobras and the Brazilian Navy indicate that oil found on the Brazilian coast has the same composition as that extracted in Venezuela, according to the newspaper 'O Estado de Sao Paulo'.

However, it is not yet possible to affirm that all the spots have the same origin, but that a part of the material is of Venezuelan origin, according to the data obtained by that Brazilian newspaper.

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