Marine life tragedy

Oil that has killed marine life may be from Venezuela

The crude oil of unknown origin has killed seabirds and turtles

The oil slicks were first seen in early September at several beaches in the Northeast.

Oil spills in the northeast of Brazil. Credit: Governo de Sergipe
Oil spills in the northeast of Brazil. Credit: Governo de Sergipe

The crude oil spills currently spread across the northeastern coast of Brazil may be of Venezuelan origin, according to a confidential report compiled by Brazil’s state oil company, Petrobrás.

An article on Época online magazine says Petrobrás passed the report to the Brazilian environmental protection agency, Ibama, which suspects the crude oil that has been washing on different Brazilian shores is the same, although it could come from different sources.

The investigation is still shrouded in mystery regarding how the crude oil ended up on the Brazilian coast. The oil slicks were first seen in early September at several beaches in the Northeast. The latest estimate by Ibama is that the oil has been detected at 109 locations across eight states and 54 cities.

In seven of those locations, turtles and birds were found dead or languishing due to intoxication, as the video below shows.


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