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Guilty or Innocent ?
RIO DE JANEIRO — Federal prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday accused US oil giant Chevron and 17 executives of “environmental crime” in connection with a major spill off southeastern Brazil last November.
The country’s national oil regulator estimates that 2,400 barrels of crude were spilled in the accident, which led authorities to suspend all of Chevron’s drilling operations and to deny the company access to huge new offshore fields.
The US firm rejected Wednesday’s charges as “outrageous and without merit” and vowed to defend itself and its employees.
The prosecutors said in a statement that it was charging “Chevron, oil drilling contractor Transocean and 17 executives with environmental crime and damage in connection with the oil spill.” ...
“If (foreign) firms have the best technology, take all the precautions, they will be welcome, if not they won’t be,” he told reporters.