Petrobras fined $5 million for oil spill off Sao Paulo coast

Brazil's state-run energy giant Petrobas has been ordered to pay a fine of $5 million over an oil spill that fouled several beaches along Sao Paulo state's coast, authorities said Monday.

The spill occurred Friday as a result of "an operational failure" at a sea terminal of Transpetro, a Petrobras subsidiary, during the refueling of a ship, the Sao Paulo state Environmental Company Cetesb said in a statement.

The oil slick reached beaches in the towns of Sao Sebastiao and Caraguatatuba.

Transpetro said it had no estimate of the amount of crude spilled.