March 18th, 2012
03:42 AM ET

Brazil bars Chevron execs from leaving over spill

A federal court in Brazil has issued an order barring 17 executives from U.S. oil giant Chevron and Transocean Ltd. from leaving the country while it mulls criminal charges against them for an oil spill last year.

Among the 17 who were ordered Saturday by a federal judge in Rio de Janeiro to give up their passports is an American: George Buck, the chief operating officer of Chevron's Brazil division.

Kurt Glaubitz, a Chevron spokeman, said the company has not received a formal notification of the order.

"Any legal decision will be abided by the company and its employees," he said. "We will defend the company and its employees."

The oil spill occurred in deep water off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in November.

The next month, Brazilian federal prosecutors filed a suit against Chevron and oil rig operator Transocean for 20 billion reais, about $11 billion.

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  1. Lily

    @chrissy: you do know that BP stands for BRITISH PETROLEUM, right?

    March 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. chrissy

    @ Lily, yes i do. I also know that the chief executive Robert Dudley and the Vice President Mark Bly, of BP are american citizens as well as many other top executives.

    March 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. chrissy

    And as this article states, Brazils federal court is *mulling over* whether criminal charges will be brought against these men, it makes sense that they would be detained. Just as would be done and has been done in the US. BP should pay the fines.

    March 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    oops, meant Chevron needs to just pay up.

    March 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. fernace

    What is amazing to me is how oil giants never seem to feel guilty about these huge spills, that leaves years of detrimental effects on the environment! It's like they shrug their shoulders & say "oops!" Even if it is an acceptable & possible risk BP, Chevron, Shell et.al are willing to live with; to the rest of us who depend on a relatively clean environment, it is not! Aside from the destruction of flora, fauna & the ocean water itself, it often renders peoples businesses, that depend on fishing or tourism, inoperable for months! The very least they can do is understand that a spill is an ecological disaster, not a shouldershrug! Also, take FULL responsibility of the spill, clean it up w/out politicising or making a court case out of it! No 1 but Chevron is responsible for this spill! Step up & do the right thing! Don't pull a BP & start taking out the side of y'alls collective Chevron necks,!!

    March 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. **cosmicVox *

    chrissy, being detained has nothing to do with being foreign. We detain American citizens here all the time. But we did not detain BP execs over their preceived wrongdoing. My personal beliefs are that that whole mess was bungled from the beginning.

    March 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. chrissy

    @ cosmicvox, i agree with you on that. Which is most likely why they havent been charged with anything yet. And i did say that the BP execs were not detained. Had they been citizens of another country they MAY have been detained.

    March 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. chrissy

    The US has detained others suspected of wrongdoing ie: suspected terrorists, and have not charged many.

    March 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. **cosmicVox *

    No kidding... The point is it's bad for business. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

    March 19, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. techgeek

    Brazil did the right thing, however when BP spilled more in gulf of mexico , US, they got away just paying little amount of fine. That's one of the example, how corporations rule in US and that shows why economically Brazil is booming. Most people in this country don't have any idea of what is happening and the consequences. viewers please do read david rothkopf's "Power Inc" which will educate .

    March 25, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
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