Brazil: Chevron 'was unprepared' for oil spill

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The Independent US

Brazilian officials have blamed the oil company Chevron for being "completely unprepared" to deal with a recent oil spill that it believes has released 110,000 gallons of crude oil into the Atlantic.

Chevron is still working to plug the spill, which took place off the Brazilian coast.

Fabio Scliar, head of environmental affairs for the Brazilian police, said that Chevron workers at the site had admitted to being "completely unprepared to handle an emergency such as this".

Brazilian officials have also accused Chevron of drilling deeper than its licence allowed. The oil company, whose own estimate of the size of the spill is much lower than 110,000 gallons, has sent ships to assist with a clean-up operation.