BP’s plans to drill Amazon Basin rejected

BP’s plans to drill for oil in the Amazon Basin have been dealt a further blow. Brazil’s federal environment agency, called Ibama, has released a statement criticising the energy giant’s […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

BP’s plans to drill for oil in the Amazon Basin have been dealt a further blow.

Brazil’s federal environment agency, called Ibama, has released a statement criticising the energy giant’s study into how its proposed exploration would affect the region’s natural surroundings and ecosystems.

Its risk assessment for working around the coral reef in the mouth of Amazon River has been rejected, delaying the company’s plans to conduct its operations in the area.

Ibama said the study lacked detail on its modelling of potential oil spill dangers and did not appropriately take into account the impact drilling could have on local wildlife.

It concluded more information would need to be submitted before it would give BP the necessary approvals.

Brazil previously rejected Total’s application to drill near the Amazon Reef.