Chevron Pays $17.5 Million Fine for Brazil Spill

Chevron Pays $17.5 Million Fine for Brazil Spill

Chevron Corp. has paid a $17.5 million fine for a major spill off Rio de Janeiro state last year, Brazilian authorities said Thursday.

Chevron Corp. (IW 500/3) has paid a $17.5 million fine for a major spill off Rio de Janeiro state last year, Brazilian authorities said Thursday.

In a brief statement, the country's National Petroleum Agency said Chevron Brasil Upstream Frade Ltda. paid the sum (35.1 million real) last Friday without appealing it.

A report by the agency released in July accused Chevron of negligence and said the company could have avoided the spill, which occurred in November in the Frade field, located 230 miles northwest of Rio.

The paid fine covered 24 infractions. Another fine linked to the abandonment of the well would be imposed in the next two months, National Petroleum Agency President Magda Chambriard said earlier this month.

Chevron also could be hit with an additional fine of $50,000 for "other items," she said at the time.

In late 2011, the Brazilian environment institute Ibama imposed fines worth a total of $33.4 million on Chevron for environmental damage and failings in its emergency plan during the accident.

In November, some 3,000 barrels of crude spilled into deep Atlantic waters in the Frade field.

As a precaution, Chevron voluntarily interrupted its Brazilian activities in March, after detecting another leak 1.8 miles from the first.

In August, a Brazilian court ordered Chevron and its driller Transocean to stop their oil drilling and shipping activities within 30 days.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2012

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