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SAO PAULO – (AFP) – Brazil’s state-run energy giant Petrobas has been ordered to pay a fine of $5 million over an oil spill that fouled several beaches along Sao Paulo state’s coast, authorities said Monday.
The spill occurred Friday as a result of “an operational failure” at a sea terminal of Transpetro, a Petrobras subsidiary, during the refueling of a ship, the Sao Paulo state Environmental Company Cetesb said in a statement.
The oil slick reached beaches in the towns of Sao Sebastiao and Caraguatatuba.
Transpetro said it had no estimate of the amount of crude spilled.