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Greenpeace says Total underestimated drilling risks near Amazon reef

French oil and gas company Total and other energy majors should abandon plans to drill close to the mouth of Brazil’s Amazon because of potential risks to the ecosystem of the area, environmental campaigner Greenpeace said on Wednesday.

Greenpeace said an analysis of Total’s environmental assessment of its planned drilling, underestimated the risks of drilling and other support activities in the area.

Total and partners, Britain’s BP and Brazilian state oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, plan to drill in the area, which may contain as many as 14 billion barrels of petroleum.

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