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Brazil environment regulator says Total can't drill in Amazon basin

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Brazil environmental regulator Ibama said it had denied a permit to French oil major Total to drill in the environmentally sensitive Foz do Amazonas Basin for a fifth and final time.

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Ibama said in a statement that it agreed with a technical assessment that indicated oil exploration in the area would present risks to reefs and biodiversity.

BP and Petrobras are also investors in the project near the mouth of the Amazon river, which is being operated by Total.

Ibama said it had given Total all possible opportunities to correct problems found during the technical evaluation and that the company had been informed of the decision earlier on Friday.

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