Selin ATAY-TDO-President Jair Bolsonaro has suggested a criminal element to the mystery oil slicks polluting Brazil's northeast coast. About 100 oil spills have been detected along the nation's beaches since early September.
After a meeting with Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that vast quantities of oil spilled along the country's beaches appeared to have been "criminally deposited" there.
Notsaying anything clear about the source of the leak, “The crude oil "does not seem to come from an offshore platform," Bolsonaro told reporters, suggesting it was from another country, without elaborating because of an ongoing police probe.
"It could be something criminal, it could be an accidental spill, it could also be a ship that sank. It is complex. We have on our radar screen a country that could be the origin of the oil."
Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said on Twitter that Brazil's environmental agencies had collected more than 100 tons of oil from the beaches.
The spill stretches over 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) of Brazil's northeast coast, affecting 46 cities and around 100 of the country's best beaches since being first detected on September 2.The oil has killed several turtles and forced fishermen and fisherwomen to stay away from the contaminated area.
Officials say the leaked oil was emitted from a single point, the source of which has not yet been identified.
State-run oil giant company Petrobras announced last week that the spilled oil isn't the type it produces as investigations revealed.
Police have launched a wide-scale probe into the incidents.