October 7, 2019 / 7:01 PM / 9 months ago

Brazil environment agencies collect 100 tonnes of oil from northeastern coastline

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles attends an interview with Reuters in Brasilia, Brazil September 6, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said on Monday that environmental agencies had collected more than 100 tonnes of oil from the country’s northeastern coastline since Sept. 2, according to a Twitter post.

Oil has been found on scores of beaches across Brazil’s northeast in recent weeks. State-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, said tests had shown the oil does not come from Brazil, but its origin remains unknown.

Reporting by Luciano Costa, writing by Stephen Eisenhammer, editing by Chris Reese

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