Brazil Navy investigates oil spill off coast

May 17, 2012 17:10

BRASILIA - An oil spill was discovered off Brazil's coast near the country's Espirito Santo state, Brazil's Navy said on Thursday.

The Navy said it has sent a team to investigate and has no immediate estimate of the spill's size.

Oil workers returning home after work offshore said there was an oil stain "about 1 kilometer long" on the ocean near the P-57 oil platform operated by Petrobras, Brazil's state-controlled oil company, the Folha de S. Paulo daily newspaper reported.

Petrobras' press office said it had no comment. Brazil's oil regulator, the ANP, said officials were not immediately available for comment. Brazil's environmental protection agency Ibama did not immediately return calls requesting comment.

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