Brazil: Total denied approval to drill in Foz do Amazonas

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French oil company Total has been denied an environmental license to drill for oil in the Foz do Amazonas area, offshore Brazil.

Brazilian business news agency O’Globo has reported that the country’s environmental protection agency Ibama had denied the license “citing technical” problems in the plans presented by the company.

O’Globo has further reported that IBAMA said its decision had been made on the grounds of “deep uncertainties” detected in Total’s emergency plans related to a possibility of an oil spill that might affect the coral reefs and biodiversity.

IBAMA’s website was down at the time of the writing of the article.

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