Brazil denies Total a license to be explored at the mouth of the Amazon


After stopping the project, Brazil has decided to deny on Friday 7 December the total of the French oil group for the authorization to drill in five areas of the mouth of the Amazon River.

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"The environmental license for marine drilling activities in FZA-M-57, 86, 88, 125 and 127 blocks of Foz de Amazonas was rejected this Friday due to a number of technical problems identified during the process for get the license »announced in a statement the Brazilian agency of environmental regulation Ibama (Instituto brasileiro do meio ambiente and back recursos naturais renováveis).

Too many "uncertainties" in the Total plan

The rejection of this license was requested last April by the Brazilian prosecutor and environmental organizations. Total collaborated in 2013 with British BP and Brazilian Petrobras to acquire exploration blocks at the Amazonian estuary and was waiting to get the green light from the Brazilian authorities to begin exploration work.

Ibama said in his statement that he noted"Significant uncertainties" in the plan presented by Total for possible emergencies. The Brazilian agency evokes "The possibility of an oil spill that could affect the coral reefs in the region and by extension the marine biodiversity".

The agency adds that it gave Total E & P do Brasil, the Brazilian branch of the group, all of them "Possible opportunities" for "That integrates and clarifies technical problems" who were noticed He informed Fr. Total of his decision.

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