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Chevron, TransOcean Executives Face Criminal Charge for Brazilian Oil Spill

Chevron, TransOcean Executives Face Criminal Charge for Brazilian Oil Spill

Common Dreams staff

Executives from US oil company Chevron and the drilling company Transocean are facing criminal charges in Brazil following a large offshore oil spill in November of 2011.

The prosecutors said in a statement that it was charging "Chevron, oil drilling contractor Transocean and 17 executives with environmental crime and damage in connection with the oil spill."

If found guilty, the executives could face up to 31 years in prison.