Minor oil spill contained off Brazil's coast

Petroleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras, the Brazilian state-run energy company, said it has stopped an oil leak at an offshore operation in the Marlim oil field in the Campos Basin.

Petroleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras, the Brazilian state-run energy company, said it has stopped an oil leak at an offshore operation in the Marlim oil field in the Campos Basin. Dow Jones Newswires reported the oil had been leaking from a group of underwater pipes and valves that manage the flow of oil and natural gas from the deepwater well. Petrobras used remote-operated underwater vehicles to stop the oil leak.

"To resolve the problem, intervention work was carried out using specialized ships, with the help of underwater remotely operated vehicles," Petrobras said, according to the article.

The spill was discovered February 28. The company did not say whether the oil spill could still be seen from the ocean's surface near the Marlim field, which is located about 107 miles off the coast of Macae, Brazil. The spill was described as small, totaling about 26 gallons. Petrobras said it communicated with the Brazilian Navy, environmental regulators and the country's National Petroleum Agency about the spill.

PennEnergy's research area offers more information on Brazil's offshore oil exploration.

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