Little harm from Chevron November oil spill off Brazil

Reuters, 07/11/2012

(Reuters) – A November oil spill at an offshore field operated by Chevron Corp. northeast of Rio de Janeiro did not kill or harm marine life, the Globo newspaper said on Wednesday, citing a crime lab report from the Brazilian Federal Police.

The lab report on the spill, completed in April but not seen by the public, was obtained by Globo this week, the paper said, without saying how it got the information.

Brazilian courts and police typically do not allow the public access to criminal investigations and court proceedings until a verdict is reached. Prosecutors and police tend, also, to leak information to the media in high-profile cases. Nearly all Brazilian legal proceedings are conducted in writing rather than in open testimony in court.

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