SAN RAMON, Calif., December 14, 2011 – Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) said a Brazilian federal district prosecutor has told reporters that he will file a civil lawsuit against Chevron and other companies seeking a reported 20 billion reais ($10.7 billion) in damages, and an injunction stopping Chevron's activities in Brazil. Chevron has not received any formal notice of this action. Chevron also has not received any instruction from the regulatory agencies with oversight responsibility for our activities in Brazil regarding suspension of our operations.
From the outset, Chevron responded responsibly to the incident at its Frade Field and has dealt transparently with all Brazilian authorities. The flow of oil from the source was stopped within four days and the company continues to make significant progress in containing any residual oil. Chevron has also continued to address the surface sheen, which is now less than a single barrel. There have been no coastal or wildlife impacts.
Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.