Reuters: Chevron to Face Criminal Charges Over Brazil Spill

A prosecutor in Brazil plans to file criminal charges against Chevron Corp. and some of its managers over an offshore oil spill in November, Reuters reported Thursday, citing Brazilian government officials.

The filing will likely include a request for an indictment of the chief executive of Chevron's unit in the country, in addition to other employees, according to the report.

Some employees of Transocean Ltd., whose rig was used in the operation, are also expected to be charged, Reuters said.

It is unlikely that the people facing charges will be arrested any time soon or be prevented from leaving the country, the report said.

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Blair Wylie | Jan. 27, 2012
Rigzone must be edited by lawyers. This Chevron "oil spill" is an ongoing underground blow-out that has broached to the sea bed (a far more serious catastrophe). The Chevron Nigerian "jack-up rig fire" is an ongoing up-the-well blow-out requiring a relief well (a far more serious catastrophe).

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