- Title: Pristine Brazil beaches sullied by oily sludge
- Date: 20th October 2019
- Summary: PORTO DE GALINHAS, BRAZIL (OCTOBER 19, 2019) (REUTERS) PEOPLE ON BEACH / PEOPLE CARRYING OILY SLUDGE AWAY FROM BEACH PERSON GATHERING OILY SLUDGE FOR CLEAN UP PEOPLE CARRYING AWAY SLUDGE IN WHEELBARROW VARIOUS, CLEAN UP EFFORTS (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) TOURIST GUIDE, THIAGO DA SILVA, SAYING: "This tragedy is without precedent. It's a real tragedy, no other definition exists. It's unbelievable the lack of help from the state in all areas: from the municipal, to the state, to the federal. The amateurism is unbelievable." PERSON TALKING, WEARING GLOVES COVERED IN SLUDGE (NOT A SOUNDBITE) BUCKETS FULL OF SLUDGE ON BEACH VARIOUS, CLEAN UP EFFORTS
- Embargoed: 3rd November 2019 00:02
- Keywords: wash up nature Brazil beach petroleum pollution shore oil spill beaches resort
- Location: PORTO DE GALINHAS, BRAZIL
- City: PORTO DE GALINHAS, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Pollution,Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1RJO7B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The thick petroleum sludge that has been mysteriously washing up on beaches in Brazil for more than a month struck the popular tourist spot of Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco state on Saturday (October 19).
Normally known for its beautiful sand, palm trees and pristine tidal pools, the resort area was sullied by an oily sludge and locals scrambled to clean up the mess.
Reports of the oil spill emerged late last month. Brazil's environmental agency Ibama has reported that an analysis of a vast oil spill along the country's northeastern beaches showed the spilled crude did not originate in the country.
On October 9, Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said the sludge was "very likely from Venezuela," citing a report by state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA.
(Production: Teresa Maia, Pablo Garcia)
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