15:28 11.10.2019 (updated 15:43 11.10.2019) Short URL
The oil of unknown origin, which has reached more than 150 points of the northeastern coast, arrived in Salvador (BA) this Friday.
Oil blocks with sand and other materials were confirmed by teams from the Institute of Environment and Water Resources (Inema) on Friday, informed Brazil Agency.
The city of Salvador informed that 75 cleaning agents will take the necessary measures in case of new occurrences. Civil defense technicians and environmental engineers are also on alert and can be fired.
City hall recommended that people avoid going to the beach in the affected areas.
According to the list of affected areas, updated daily by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), in Bahia alone seven cities have already been hit by oil. Besides the Bahian capital, Camaçari, Conde, Entre Rios, Esplanada, Jandaíra and Mata de São João were affected.
Our team of geochemistry specialists has been working for over twenty years analyzing and cataloging oil samples found in different parts of the world.
– Petrobras (@petrobras) October 8, 2019
The presence of the oil slick on the northeastern coast was noted in late August. The oil spread throughout the nine states of the Northeast (Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio Grande do Norte and Sergipe).
According to Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, laboratory analyzes conducted by Petrobras indicate that the oil samples studied are "compatible" with the type of oil produced in Venezuela.
The Federal Police (PF), the Navy and the Brazilian environmental agencies try to clarify how the material reached Brazilian waters. These include a possible accidental leak on an unidentified vessel or a criminal spill of the material for unknown reasons.
PDVSA and Venezuelan Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo declined any responsibility for oil spills on the Brazilian coast.
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