Greenpeace activists disrupted oil company Total's annual general meeting in Paris on Friday, protesting the plans in the Amazonian Recife off the coast of Brazil.
Several Greenpeace climbers placed ceiling banners inside the AGM that read “Save the Amazon Reef”. According to Greenpeace, Total's proposed drilling project near the Amazon reef would risk "irreparable damage" to the reef. Greenpeace said: “In the event of an oil spill or spill, not only is the reef threatened, but also the coast of French Guiana and the mangroves, where dozens of communities depend on the resources provided by this environment to live.”
It was reported that Brazilian environmental agency IBAMA this week rejected Total's environmental impact plan for the Foz do Amazonas Basin project, giving it a new deadline to address the "gaps and inconsistencies" identified.
As previously reported, Greenpeace said in April that its team of scientists aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza “has documented the existence of a rhodolith field where the French company Total intends to drill for oil, 120 kilometers off the northern coast of Brazil.”
Rhodolites are calcareous algae that serve as a habitat for fish and other reef creatures. Its presence, according to Greenpeace, confirms that the Amazon Reef extends even further than expected and may be 56,000 km2 in length – almost six times larger than previous scientific estimates.
“The discovery proves the existence of a reef formation in the area and invalidates Total’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which states that the nearest reef formation is 8 kilometers from one of the oil blocks,” Greenpeace said in the statement. era.
Total says there aren't any rhodolitos on your block
Responding to Greenpeace's allegations, Total, which operates five blocks in the area, said in May: “Total confirms that no biogenic formations have been identified in Block FZA-M-57. The exploration well planned in Block FZA-M-57 (water depth of approximately 1,800m) will be 28 km from the previously identified rhodolite beds and 34 km from the location where the NGO would have most recently found the rhodolites. ”
According to Total, the Greenpeace vessel went to the boundary limits of the FZA-M-86 block, where it reported finding rhodolite beds within the area it surveyed at a water depth of around 180m.
“Total reaffirms that it operates in strict compliance with applicable legislation and applies the best practices of the E&P industry in safety, well design, drilling and environmental protection,” said the French oil company. Find out which platforms TOTAL will hire for activities in Brazil by clicking here.