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Oil Spill in Brazil

14 November 2011

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Chevron said Monday it has suspended drilling following an oil spill in waters off Rio de Janeiro state which prompted Brazil to demand a "rigorous investigation".

Chevron Brazil said it was "responding to oil seeps and a subsequent sheen that has occurred in the vicinity of the Chevron-operated Frade project located 370 kilometers (230 miles) offshore northeast of Rio De Janeiro in water depths of approximately 1200 meters (3800 feet).A precautionary suspension of development drilling activities at Frade remains in place," said the company, which estimated the volume of the sheen to be "between 400-650 barrels of oil".

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