Brazil : Total again sees its oil project at the mouth of the Amazon blocked

The brazilian Institute of environment and renewable natural resources (Ibama – Instituto brasileiro do meio ambiente e dos recursos naturais renováveis) has issued a new negative opinion, Tuesday, may 29, on the project of the French oil company Total, which wants to exploit oil and gas at the mouth of the Amazon river. Ibama considers the environmental impact study, “inadequate” and requires further clarification at all, in fact, that the French company that the project remains viable. According to some sources in Brazil, it would have a new deadline of three to four months to respond to queries from Ibama.

“The new observations made by the Ibama on our exploration project in the mouth of the Amazon do not constitute in any case a rejection of it. These regular exchanges are part of the process prior to the allocation by the local authorities of the necessary permit to engage in any transaction. Total will undertake a needs analysis of additional information requested by IBAMA regarding the environmental impact study of the project and respond, ” explains the oil, Wednesday, may 30. A reaction identical to the previous episodes, in 2017, in particular, during which the brazilian institute had already submitted numerous comments on the environmental impact study carried out by Total, in particular on the potential dispersion of pollutants in the exploration area, and the response capacity of the tanker in case of an accident on one of the platforms off-shore. The exploration project “presents gaps and inconsistencies that make it unfeasible,” says, this time, the Ibama, evoking clarifications are necessary.

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