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By Stephen Eisenhammer, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Chevron has said they “will vigorously defend the company and its employees” against criminal charges filed by Brazilian prosecutors for an oil leak last November, dubbing the charges “outrageous and without merit.” The response came just hours after Brazilian prosecutors launched new charges against Chevron, the rig operator Transocean, and seventeen employees of both companies.

The prosecution is seeking the seizure of assets of both individual company officials in Brazil and their corporations on charges of "impeding the inspection by the public power, omitting [...] obligations of environmental interest, presenting a deceptive . . .

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