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Bolsonaro: Oil spill in Brazil could be sabotage

Christian Fernsby |

KEY POINTS
  • Coincidence or not, we have the transfer-of-rights auction, said Bolsonaro
  • Bolsonaro offered no evidence for his statement
  • The head of Brazil's environmental regulator said tests had proved the oil was Venezuelan

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro questioned whether a far-reaching oil spill on the nation's northeastern shore may have been a criminal act.

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Topics: BOLSONARO    OIL    SPILL    BRAZIL   

“Coincidence or not, we have the transfer-of-rights auction,” said Bolsonaro in a Facebook Live video, referring to an oil bidding scheduled for 6 November, in which an array of major oil players will compete for $26 billion worth of production rights in large offshore oil areas of Brazil.

Bolsonaro offered no evidence for his statements.

Oil has been washing up on the shore of northeastern Brazil for two months, but its origin has remained a mystery so far. On Wednesday, Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA said it had cleaned up some 200 million tonnes of the oil from Brazil's beaches.

On Thursday, the head of Brazil's environmental regulator said tests had proved the oil was Venezuelan. He said that the cause of the spill was criminal in nature, as it would otherwise have been reported.

He added, however, that Venezuela may not be responsible for the spill, even if the oil originated there.


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