Oil seepage spotted offshore Rio de Janeiro

By Hilton Price 

Oil droplet seepage has been spotted in the seabed near Petrobras’ Roncador Field, approximately 120 kilometers offshore Rio de Janeiro, according to an announcement from Brazilian petroleum regulator ANP. No oil slick has been reported.

ANP is investigating the seepage, including conducting testing on samples taken from the seabed. Results pinpointing the origin of the seep are expected within days.

The seepage is located near the Frade Field, where 3,000 barrels of oil leaked into the Atlantic Ocean last November. Frade’s owner, Chevron, has faced billions in fines and criminal charges since spill. The field’s operator, TransOcean, has been the subject of ongoing investigations.

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