Chevron Corp. has paid a fine of $17.3 million for several “irregularities” in connection with last year’s oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. According to Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency, Chevron paid the fine for 24 of 25 irregularities detected. In its news release, the agency did not provide details on the irregularities. Some 155,000 gallons of crude are believed to have been released in the November 2011 spill.
The agency said it granted Chevron a 30% discount because it paid the fine on time and did not challenge it. Chevron says it will “implement a number of process improvements developed from lessons learned in the incident. Chevron Brasil respects and complies with the laws of the countries in which it operates.” The company said in a Friday statement that “continuous monitoring of the incident area shows no discernible environmental impact to marine life or human health.”
Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, has also filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for the suspension of an injunction ordering driller Transocean Ltd. to cease operations in Brazil until investigations into the spill are completed. Chevron said in its news release that the suspension would hurt Petrobras’ exploration activities since it is currently using seven Transocean rigs in Brazil. Transocean and Chevron had previously been served injunctions ordering them to suspend operations in Brazil within 30 days.
Source: Huffington Post
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