RIO DE JANEIRO--Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state will seek damages from U.S. oil company Chevron Corp. (CVX) in addition to the $149 million the company has offered to settle two civil lawsuits brought by federal prosecutors, the state's environment secretary said Wednesday at a press conference.
Rio state prosecutors and regulators plan to negotiate a separate settlement with the company for the November 2011 spill at the offshore Frade field, said Rio Environment Secretary Carlos Minc.
"There will be a series of demands made by Rio de Janeiro besides the fine" paid to settle the federal lawsuits, Mr. Minc said. Mr. Minc said he was not authorized to disclose the value of the damages the state was seeking.
Mr. Minc said that the spill, which released an estimated 3,700 barrels of oil into the sea after a drilling accident, "obviously" caused damage to the environment, dismissing claims to the contrary made by Chevron.
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