Rio de Janeiro's beaches affected by oil slick
A large oil slick reached beaches along the Atlantic Ocean in the Lakes Region in the north of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, local media reported early Monday.
Several beaches in Cabo Frio and Arraial do Cabo were affected by the slick, according to port authority sources quoted by the media, dpa reported.
The origin of the oil was not immediately known, and naval inspection technicians took samples of the water and the sand to determine if the fuel comes from a ship or an offshore platform. The relevant tests, however, could take up to 20 days.
The leak in Rio comes after Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva strongly criticized the oil giant BP over the disaster caused by its well in the Gulf of Mexico. He said such a disaster would never happen in Brazil. According to Lula, the technology used by Brazil's state-operated oil company Petrobras is superior to that which is used in the United States.