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Bolsonaro orders to investigate the origin of oil stains that extend over more than 115 beaches

October 6, 2019


The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has ordered this Saturday to initiate an investigation to know the origin and causes of the black tides that extend in more than one hundred beaches of the northeast coast of the country.

The decree, published in an extra edition of the official state bulletin on Saturday, states that in 48 hours, the Police and the naval command must present to the Brazilian president the first measures taken in this matter.

The law determines that the Federal Police and the Navy investigate the case by acting each agency “within the scope of their respective powers”, as reported by the Brazilian newspaper 'O Globo'.
Environment Minister Ricardo Salles has announced that on Monday he will visit Sergipe to inspect the affected beaches along with the governor of this state, Belivaldo Chagas.

An oil spill has contaminated the beaches and coasts of more than nine Brazilian states in recent weeks. The environmental agency Ibama said last week that the beaches along the 3,000 kilometers of the coast of the northeast region of Brazil have been affected by this spill.

A confidential report sent by Petrobras to the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources points to the hypothesis that the oil found in the region is Venezuelan. However, Petrobras has stated that the oil found is not of the type that is produced and marketed by this company.