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Skytruth Alert: 130 Mile Oil Slick from Chevron OIl Spill off Brazil 2011-11-15

We've been tracking the oil spill reported off Brazil a few days ago, in the Frade field operated by Chevron in the Campos Basin, Brazil's most productive area of offshore production, and a place where many deepwater technology milestones have been made for offshore oil production.  Chevron claimed the oil slick was being caused by a natural oil seep on the seafloor, but they suspended drilling on a well in the field.  Brazilian authorities quickly disputed that a natural seep was the cause.  And yesterday Chevron admitted the possibility that something went wrong at their drillsite.  According to today's news release from Brazilian authorities, Chevron is trying to kill the well - indicating a loss of well control and blowout. 18 response vessels are on the scene, and Chevron reports the well is leaking about 8,400 - 13,860 gallons  (200 -330 barrels) per day.

MODIS/Aqua satellite image shows growing oil slick in the deepwater Campos Basin off Brazil.  Image taken around midday on November 12, 2011.

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ID:98a127bf-359b-5305-b986-34141de85939
Source:http://skytruth-alerts.blogspot.com/2011/11/130-mile-oil-slick-from-chevron-oil.html
Date:2011-11-15 19:39:06
Location:-21.901 -39.822
Tags:Chevron, "oil spill", oil, drilling, offshore, Brazil, SkyTruth