Brazilian prosecutors file criminal charges against Chevron, Transocean execs

Brazilian federal prosecutors filed criminal indictments against Chevron Corp., drilling contractor Transocean Ltd., and a total of 17 executives from both companies citing "crimes against the environment" regarding a seep last year from Frade oil field offshore Brazil. Details on the exact charges were not immediately available. A Brazilian judge on Mar. 16 banned a group of Chevron and Transocean executives from leaving the country. Before the travel ban was announced, Chevron reported a new seep and oil sheen from the field. Last year, Chevron sealed an appraisal well after a November oil seep from the field in 3,800 ft of water 370 km northeast of Rio de Janeiro in the Campo...

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