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Brazil | Government OKs O&G exploration near Abrolhos Marine NP

The president of Brazil’s environmental regulatory agency has decided to ignore the recommendations of his own environmental team and authorize the auction of seven oil blocks located in highly sensitive marine regions.

A technical team from the agency, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), had recommended that four blocks located in the Camamu-Almada basin off the state of Bahia should be excluded from the auction, a massive one planned for October of this year. The team argued that if there were to be an oil spill, the contamination could affect “all the south coast of Bahia and the coast of Espírito Santo, including the Abrolhos complex.”

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