Environment

Oil stains in Brazil destroy local fishing industry

Oil stains in Brazil destroy local fishing industry
Photo: Joa Souza

More than 100 days have passed since the first signs of oil were sighted on Brazil’s northeastern coast. This environmental crisis of as yet unknown origin is far from being circumvented, as there are reports of new stains being sighted on the coast of Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina, further south than the initial reports. According to Brazil’s environmental protection agency Ibama, more than 900 locations around Brazil were affected.

Despite initial reports that the oil was from Venezuela, suspicions have arisen that the substance could in fact have come from Brazil’s very own pre-salt oil layer. 

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