Brazil official says government expec...

Brazil official says government expected to fine Chevron in nearly $28 million for oil spill

There are 2 comments on the Canadian Business Magazine story from Nov 21, 2011, titled Brazil official says government expected to fine Chevron in nearly $28 million for oil spill. In it, Canadian Business Magazine reports that:

This photo taken Nov. 18, 2011 and released by Rio de Janeiro's government, shows an aerial view of a boat crossing an area of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.

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Dwight Baker

Eagle Pass, TX

#1 Nov 22, 2011
BIG OIL hides behind lies
By Dwight Baker
Dbaker22@stx.rr.com
11/22/11\

ARTICLE
Brazil official says government expected to fine Chevron in nearly $28 million for oil spill
http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/58164...

SAO PAULO - Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for an ongoing offshore oil spill, Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary said Monday.

Carlos Minc said the national government will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill.

"We believe the accident could've been avoided. There was an environmental crime," Minc told Globo TV and other Brazilian media. "They hid information and their emergency team took almost 10 days to start acting."

Chevron Corp. officials have accepted responsibility for the spill but reject accusations they did not notify local authorities quickly enough or properly manage cleanup operations.

Minc said he considers the fine lenient, but it's the maximum allowed under current Brazilian law.

The fine has not been officially announced because the government was still waiting for a final report by local investigators.

Minc said officials would also analyze imposing further fines on Chevron based on state laws in Rio de Janeiro, and that Brazil's National Petroleum Agency could even consider banning the company from operating in Brazil for a limited time.

"There was negligence," Minc said. "Rio will not allow any kind of environmental impunity."

MY TAKE
The sequence of drilling has many safe guards to protect all. One of which is pipe that connects the drilling rig to the blow out preventors set on the seabed floor. The blowout preventors are connected to multiple pipes that have been installed down the drilled hole at times needed to protect workers and assets and the environment.

Therefore this supposed TRUTH as Chevron has told it does not make any sense at all.

What did happen is still the big question and until the minute by minute rig reports are received and signed affidavits are gathered from all on the rig floor at the time of the crisis and live feeds are seen from ROVS and all of that assessed by professionals all other confidence placed of Chevron lies is non-sense.
Dwight Baker

Eagle Pass, TX

#2 Nov 22, 2011
BIG OIL will gladly pay out CHUMP CHANGE
By Dwight Baker
Dbaker22@stx.rr.com
11/22/11

ARTICLE
ANP: Chevron Unprepared to Fulfill Emergency Plan

http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp...

The Brazilian unit of U.S. oil major Chevron was not prepared to carry out the emergency plan approved by local oil regulators during the recent spill at the company's offshore Frade field, the president of Brazil's National Petroleum Agency, or ANP, said Monday.

"We approved an emergency plan, and they were not prepared for this type of emergency plan," said Haroldo Lima, president of Brazil's primary regulator for the oil and natural gas industry. Specifically, Chevron was not ready to cement the well that was the primary source of the leaking oil, something that ANP demands, Lima said.

Chevron will face at least three "notices of infraction," including one for the ill-prepared emergency plan, Lima said. The notices will be issued Monday by the ANP, and will not substitute for a larger infraction or penalty at a later date, he added.

The ANP is monitoring 28 points along nine fissures that leaked oil, with only one of the 28 leaking "residual" oil, Lima said. While the ANP considers the oil spill under control, Lima said because some of the monitoring sides still had drops of oil, the regulator did not consider the seepage "completely controlled."

The latest estimate for the oil spill pegs the volume of oil that leaked into the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil's coast at 3,000 barrels of crude over eight days, Lima said. The total area affected by the spill is estimated at 160 square kilometers.

Chevron could face a maximum fine of 50 million Brazilian reais, or about $28 million, from the ANP for its role in the oil spill, Lima said. But the total does not include any fines from environmental regulators or other agencies. "It's safe to say that this will generate a heavy fine for who caused the problem," Lima said, adding that the calculation of possible fines will take some time.

MY TAKE
Rules, agreements, are a long shot away from LAWS. Of course BIG OIL will run from LAWS especially if the ones on top of the pyramid of power gets the BLAME. That is the reason CHUMP CHANGE is the preferred way of doing business for BIG OIL.

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