Dec 17, 2022

The Amazon reef that may be threatened by oil drilling

Scientists say a unique reef habitat near the mouth of the Amazon river is under threat from plans to drill for oil. The Amazon reef is unusual because it lies in deep water, and is sometimes hidden by the muddy waters flowing into the sea from the world's largest river. The scientists worry that plans by the Brazilian oil company Petrobras to drill for oil close to the reef could cause an oil leak that would devastate the ecosystem. An oil spill that hit the coast of northern Brazil in 2019 also casts a long shadow. Oil discoveries along the coast of countries to the north-east - Suriname and Guyana - have heightened expectations of important oil reserves off the Brazilian coast.

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