Australian embassy officials in Brazil are seeking to contact three Australian oil company executives who have been banned from leaving the country following an oil spill. ‘‘We can confirm that the Federal Court of Brazil has banned 17 executives of Chevron and Transocean Brazil from leaving Brazil without legal authorisation while an investigation into an oil spill is underway,’’ an official with the Department of Foreign Affairs said. ‘‘Three Australians are reportedly among the group. The Australian embassy in Brasilia is seeking to contact the individuals to offer consular assistance. ‘‘At this stage, neither the embassy nor DFAT has been contacted by the Australians or their employer.’’ Departmental officials said it was not able to provide the names of the individuals due to privacy constraints. Chevron Corp has had two oil spills from an offshore oil rig in the Frade oilfield in the past five months.
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Newsline: Australian embassy seeks to help oil execs barred from leaving Brazil