Chevron to cap, abandon leaking Brazil oil well

Chevron promises to cap and clean up oil leak off Brazil's coast.

Chevron promises to cap and clean up oil leak off Brazil's coast.

Originally published on Fox News.

Rio de Janeiro –  Brazilian oil regulator ANP approved Chevron Corp.’s plan to seal a leaking offshore well, the official Agencia Brasil news agency said Tuesday.

The leak began Nov. 8 at the well in the Frade field, located in the Campos Basin about 370 kilometers (230 miles) from the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.

The well lies at a depth of nearly 1,200 meters (3,934 feet).

Chevron’s Brazilian subsidiary plans to begin by injecting mud into the well and then seal it with cement, according to Agencia Brasil.

The oil is leaking at a rate of 400-650 barrels per day, enough to create a stain of 163 sq. kilometers (63 sq. miles), though the patch of crude remains 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the coast, the news service said.

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