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By Brennan Stark, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – American oil giant Chevron was banned from offshore drilling in Brazilian waters on November 23rd.  The National Petroleum Agency (ANP) claimed Chevron’s drilling would remain suspended until the causes of the oil leak discovered November 8th approximately 230 miles (370km) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro became evident.

The ban was implemented just two days after Chevron received a R$50 million fine (later increased to R$100 million) from Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment for the environmental damage caused by the leak.

Environment minister Izabella Teixeira warned . . .

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