Not messing around: Brazil confiscates oil workers’ passports
- 17 oil workers barred from leaving Brazil after an offshore oil spill source
» “I’ve never seen a spill this small with this size of reaction.” That’s what Ali Moshiri, the Chevron executive in charge of the company’s Latin American operations, said in reaction to the November spill, which took place on the Frade oil field. Brazil, which has toughened up its regulatory standards partly because of environmental disasters like the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, did not take those comments kindly; a court on Friday took away the passports of the 17 employees, as the country plans to file criminal charges against the employees of Chevron and Transocean. (A new leak on the Frade was found Friday, too.) You get the feeling that the U.S. didn’t try enough after hearing what Brazil just did.
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