October 9, 2019 / 3:24 PM / 4 days ago

Brazil minister says oil on country's beaches 'very likely from Venezuela'

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and Environment Minister Ricardo Salles talk with journalists in front of the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil October 8, 2019. Jose Cruz/Agencia Brasil/Handout via REUTERS

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Oil mysteriously washing up on beaches in Brazil is “very likely from Venezuela,” Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said on Wednesday, citing a report by state-owned oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA.

Salles told a Congressional hearing that “all indications” are that a foreign ship navigating near the coast caused the spill “accidentally or not” that is “enormously difficult to contain.”

Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Chris Reese

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