Brazil denies Total an exploration permit at the mouth of the Amazon – 20 minutes

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Aerial view of the Amazon River in Brazil on December 12, 2013 – Christophe Simon AFP

And no. Brazil has refused Friday to the French oil group
Total authorization for drilling in five areas of the Amazon estuary, stating that the plan presented by Total included "technical problems". "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 the Brazilian agency for environmental regulation Ibama.

The refusal of this permission 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.

"The possibility of an oil leak"

Ibama said in his statement that he detected "significant uncertainties" in the plan presented by Total for possible emergencies. The Brazilian agency cites "the possibility of a loss of oil 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 the "possible opportunities" to "complete and clarify the technical problems" that have been identified. He said he had informed Friday of his decision. Questioned by the AFP, the French group simply indicated that it would "analyze the documents presented by Ibama and decide the next steps".

A "good news"

For its part, the environmental association Greenpeace hailed this "excellent news for the 2 million people who were mobilized at our side for the protection of the Amazon's barrier reef", stating that the group had "stubborn" , costs the cost of opening a new oil border in an area that hosts endangered species ". "In an uncertain political context in Brazil and in the face of threats to the environment in Guyana, Greenpeace calls for the long-term protection of the coral reef and its surrounding areas", added the NGO.

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