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Brazil Sues Chevron Following Oil Spill

LADB Article ID: 78590
Category/Department: Brazil
Date: 2012-04-27
By: Andrés Gaudín

"We place the highest priority on the health and safety of our workforce and protection of our assets and the environment…. [We O]perate with industry-leading asset integrity and reliability." Until Nov. 8, 2011, it was unlikely that any Brazilian would have been aware of the existence of the Web page www.chevron.com, much less the page "The Chevron Way," containing the company's statements of principles. The company making the above statement is US oil giant Chevron, protagonist since that day of one of Brazil's worst environmental tragedies. Now, thanks to operations that lacked both integrity and reliability and which produced a spill of at least 300 barrels of crude a day for eight days, the multinational will have to pay millions of dollars in fines and damages.

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