Campos Basin: area of the spill
A Chevron official told the newspaper: 'Neither Chevron Brazil nor its executives have been formally notified of any action by the judiciary yet… Any legal decision will be abided by the company and its employees.’
The incident last week at the 60,000 barrels-per-day Frade field – which lies 370 kilometres off of the Brazilian coast – was relatively small. It is reported to be a smaller than the leak in November, which saw the relatively minor loss of 3,000 barrels.
Chevron, which owns half of Caltex Australia, holds a 51.74 per cent stake in the Frade oil field, with Japanese companies Inpex, Sojitz, and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals sharing the remainder.
Although Chevron has not addressed the question of whether the two incidents are related, Brazilian authorities suspect the second spill – which resulted in a shutdown of production - was directly caused by the first. Chevron – which claims that the leaks have not damaged any wildlife or coastline -- has already been fined more than $5bn for the first leak.