Ibama (Brazilian Institute of the Environment) ruled out that a new oil slick, estimated at 21 km², is floating 100 km off the coast of Bahia.
Images with dark outbreaks at sea alarmed experts and even reached the federal institute. Ibama Superintendent in Bahia, Rodrigo Alves told Folha on Saturday (12) that he sent a team to the coordinates that were passed to them. "The people thought it would hardly be oil. It was looking like a shadow of a rainy cloud."
The oil blur that so many feared was approaching the northeastern coast would be the size of 13 Ibirapuera parks in São Paulo. It would add to the samples that already appear in more than 150 points of the Northeast coast.
Alves says he instituted on Friday (11) in Salvador a unified command "to accompany all this environmental emergency", which brings together researchers, state and affected municipalities.
One day earlier, UFBA (Federal University of Bahia) teachers corroborated information that oils seen on beaches originate in Venezuela, which dictator Nicolás Maduro's regime denies.
Daily flights fly over the region to try to find new oil hotspots, but so far "we can't see any oil on the high seas," says the superintendent.
For Guilherme Lessa, professor at UFBA, it is too early to rule out that the suspicion passed on to Ibama is not, in fact, our mass. "It's debatable. We'll have another image in three days and then take the proof. Anyway, the body of water that would be carrying this stain is moving very slowly, and even if it is oil it apparently wouldn't reach the coast in the next six days. . "
Although the government works with the idea that the waste has Venezuelan DNA, it cannot pinpoint its exact origin (if it came from a sunken ship, for example), and this disrupts predictions about the route of the popping crude pellets. on the northeastern coast in september.
"What we have is stain moving south, which is sticking to reefs, "says Alves." But no new oil has appeared. "
There is no way to predict whether oil migration to areas south of the Brazilian coast will hit Southeast and South. "But if you look back, there is no evidence that it is likely to happen, no."
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