Chevron calls second Brazilian civil lawsuit 'outrageous'

A federal prosecutor in Brazil on Apr. 3 filed a second $10.9 billion civil lawsuit against Chevron Corp. and drilling contractor Transocean Ltd., prompting Chevron to issue a statement saying it has responded appropriately to seeps in Frade oil field off Brazil. "The filing of the second lawsuit is another in a series of outrageous actions brought by the same district attorney," Chevron said, calling both lawsuits "without merit." Last year, Chevron reported an oil seep in Frade field northeast of Rio de Janeiro. In March, Chevron identified a small seep in a new area of Frade field. Chevron sealed an appraisal well after the November seep from the field in 3,800 ft o...

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