Brazil: ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and others bid for oil exploitation blocks amidst grave concerns for environmental impacts

Author: Latin American Post, Published on: 21 October 2019

“Round of tenders for oil exploitation of the Amazon coast in Brazil”, 13th October 2019

The National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) offered 36 blocks in the Camamu-Almada, Jacuípe, Pernambuco-Paraíba, Campos and Santos basins…

Multinationals such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and Shell, and Brazilians such as Petrobras and Enauta Energía are just some of the 17 companies that participated in the auction for the 36 blocks offered, according to the Brazilian Agency…

One of the great concerns that arise with the offer of these blocks for oil exploitation on the Brazilian coasts is the threat to protected areas, such as the Abrolhos National Marine Park, which has the highest marine biodiversity in the South Atlantic and is known worldwide for being the birthplace of humpback whales that will undoubtedly be affected by extractive activity.

According to the Environmental Sensitivity Letters of the Oil Spill of the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, on a scale of 1 to 10, the area between the coasts in front of the cities of Salvador and Ilhéus, in the state of Bahia, is classified as in level 9.

Faced with questions about the environmental risk involved in the exploitation of fossil fuels in areas as sensitive as Camamu-Almada and Jacuípe, Decio Oddone, admitted that “I recognize that the risk is greater, in addition to the geological risk, there is the environmental problem, but This is a question that companies are used to solving. And the history of Brazil is that having a well-done and comprehensive environmental impact report, we don't believe there is a problem. ”…

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Related companies: Chevron ExxonMobil Petrobras Shell