Sun. Jan 26th, 2020

The Brazilian Navy requires information from 30 ships in ten countries for spilled oil

The Brazilian Naval Force initiated the requirements for 30 ships from ten foreign countries to give declarations in the framework of the investigations that are advanced by the spill of tons of oil, which have reached 132 beaches in Brazil and that threaten the fauna of the region .

The gigantic oil spill, whose first appearance was detected in early September, already affects the beaches of 63 municipalities in nine states of northeastern Brazil, killed at least twelve turtles and threatens hundreds of animal species, experts say.

As part of the investigation that is being carried out on these facts, the Brazilian Navy decided to notify 30 oil tankers from ten foreign countries to request explanations for the oil spill.

"The Navy will contact the competent authorities of the countries of these flags, with the International Maritime Organization and with the Federal Police, to clarify all the facts," the entity said in a statement.

According to a preliminary investigation by state oil company Petrobras, the origin of the spilled oil "was not Brazilian."

However, this week the Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles, said that there were indications that it was Venezuelan oil spilled from a foreign vessel, which was denied by the neighboring country, which accused Brazil of releasing unfounded information ".

On the subject, the president, Jair Bolsonaro, in several public statements has avoided specifying the country of origin of the spilled oil, and his Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, reiterated this Thursday that the investigations are still inconclusive.

According to the Navy, since last September 2, the date on which the appearance of oil on Brazilian beaches was first detected, 1,583 military personnel have been mobilized to the affected areas, activities that have been supported by the Ministry of Defense, the Army and American institutions.

According to experts, the tons of crude oil found in the Brazilian Atlantic waters threaten hundreds of animal species, some of them in danger of extinction, such as the marine manatee, and can even contaminate the food chain and be harmful to humans.

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