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Oil spill reported at Brazilian port

The Associated Press

SAO PAULO, Brazil (March 4, 2001 11:21 p.m. EST - A news report Sunday said an unknown amount of oil spilled onto the ocean at a major Brazilian port from ruptured tanks containing at least 156,000 gallons of fuel.

The tanks were used to fuel ships docked at the Santos port on the Sao Paulo coast in southeastern Brazil, Globo news agency reported. It was not immediately clear how many tanks had leaks or how the accident happened.

Petrobras, Brazil's oil giant and the company responsible for the oil, set up emergency floating barriers around the port to keep the spill from spreading, the news agency said.

Petrobras was fined for a number of spills last year and a leak at one of its ducts last month reportedly stained the southeastern Parana Bay with some 300 gallons of diesel.

Sao Miguel, a Brazilian company that owned the tanks at the Santos port, was investigating whether human error had caused Sunday's spill.

Authorities could not be reached for comment late Sunday.

-- Rachel Gibson (, March 05, 2001

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