22 Mar, 2012

17 Chevron and Transocean executives have been criminally charged by Brazilian prosecutors, over last year’s oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.


The US oil company, Chevron, is already facing huge charges over last November’s leak, and has halted production in light of a fresh leak which was discovered last week on the ocean floor.


The head of Chevron’s operations in Brazil, George Buck, is among the charged, as well as five more Americans, two Australians, two Frenchmen, a British worker and a Canadian, according to the Financial Times.


So far, Chevron has labelled the charges ‘outrageous’ and Transocean has issued a statement saying: “Once all of the facts are fully examined, they will demonstrate that we performed to the highest standards.”


Last November’s oil leak saw around 3,000 barrels of oil spilled 370km (240 miles) off the Rio de Janeiro coast, a disaster for which the company is facing multi-billion dollar lawsuits.

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