Oil in NE: Salles explains government actions

In a hearing in the House of Representatives on the oil spill in the Northeast, the Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles, blamed the administrations of the PT (Workers' Party) for the "fragility of environmental agencies" in Brazil and for the difficulties of response of the state in crisis situations like this.

Salles said the federal government has already adopted all possible measures and provided aid to the affected states and municipalities. "The response of the Brazilian state has been the answer that is possible to give in an accident cause that is not yet known," he said.

Oil stains began to appear on the coast of Paraíba in late August. So far the material has been identified in 353 locations in 9 states. Last Wednesday (6), the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the Civil Defense disclosed the appearance of oil fragments in southern Bahia, in the municipality of Mucuri, which limits the state of Espírito Santo.

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