Brazilian oil spill could be country’s worst-ever environmental disaster

Oil slicks from an unknown source that have been appearing on beaches covering more than 2,000km of Brazil’s northeast coastline could be the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history, according to Roberto Castello Branco, CEO of state-run oil business Petrobras.

Speaking on October 29th an event in Rio de Janeiro, Branco said that Petrobras was continuing to work with the navy to tackle the spill. He said that the company was analyzing the oil collected from beaches and helping to mitigate the damage.

Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said at the same event that the spill should have no impact on the upcoming Transfer of Rights oil auctions next month.

Albuquerque said that the Brazilian government had been doing everything possible to minimize the damage.