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Brazil: Chevron oil case

Associated Press
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2011 file photo released by Rio de Janeiro's government, vessels work to clean up an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.  Federal police have concluded their probe into an oil spill off the Brazilian coast last month and are recommending that prosecutors charge oil companies Chevron and Transocean with crimes against the environment, a top official said Thursday Dec. 22, 2011.  Transocean Ltd. is the drilling contractor for the well.  Oil started leaking at the site of a Chevron appraisal well Nov. 7, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) off the northeastern coast of Rio de Janeiro state.  (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro government, Rogerio Santana, File)

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A judge in Campos, Brazil, could shift the criminal charges filed against Chevron and drill-rig operator Transocean to Rio de Janeiro, a decision that would remove a crusading prosecutor from the case.

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