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Brazil: Chevron faces criminal oil-spill charges

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Chevron Corp. and 11 employees are facing a criminal trial over the November 2011 oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Reuters reported.

Prosecutors want to prove wrong the defendants' arguments that there is no evidence of an environmental crime.

The prosecutors said their evidence shows the defendants are responsible for spilling of residues, unauthorized extraction of mineral resources and damage to public assets, among other crimes.

The case was dismissed in January 2013 after the company agreed pay to around $150 million in remedial actions.

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