Petrobras fined $5 million for oil spill off Sao Paulo coast

April 9, 2013
Volunteers clean up the beach on the island of Paqueta in Brazil on February, 18, 2000, after around 1,000 tonnes of crude oil were spilled accidently by Brazil's state-run petroleum company, Petrobas. Petrobas has been ordered to pay a fine of $5 million over the oil spill that fouled several beaches along Sao Paulo state's coast, authorities said Monday.

Brazil's state-run energy giant Petrobas has been ordered to pay a fine of $5 million over an oil spill that fouled several beaches along Sao Paulo state's coast, authorities said Monday.

The spill occurred Friday as a result of "an operational failure" at a sea terminal of Transpetro, a Petrobras subsidiary, during the refueling of a ship, the Sao Paulo state Environmental Company Cetesb said in a statement.

The oil slick reached beaches in the towns of Sao Sebastiao and Caraguatatuba.

Transpetro said it had no estimate of the amount of crude spilled.

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