Bolsonaro Might Announce Cause of Oil Spill Later This Week

Mourão, the acting president said revelations of 'investigation are coming'

Gustavo Uribe
Brasília

Acting President Hamilton Mourão said that President Jair Bolsonaro might announce later this week which ship caused the oil spill on the Brazilian coast.

The reserve general met on Wednesday (30) with the navy commander, Eduardo Bacellar. After the meeting, he said the investigation is in the final stages.

Mourão, the acting president said revelations of 'investigation are coming' - VICTOR UCHÔA/BBC BRASIL

"We have a good chance," he said. "We always learn at headquarters the following: the good news is the commander who gives. Bad news is the subcommander. That's how it works," he said.

According to him, the Brazilian government has narrowed it down to 11 ships that may have spilled fuel on the northeastern coast.

The person responsible for the environmental disaster, according to the interim president, did not have the transponder turned off. Communication equipment informs the vessel's position.

"We have to be fine the company. There is sea law. There is a warning system for the environment. Any ship that has an accident of this nature has to warn. The law will hit it," he said.

According to Mourão, the investigation revealed the ship responsible for the spill is not illegal and caused the incident by making ejecting oil to maintain the stability of the vessel.

"I think the guy did a basement eject there for the amount of oil," he said. "If he has fluctuating, rocking problems, then he gets some oil out for stability," he added.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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