Petrobras says oil slick discovered off Brazil's coast

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 2 (EFE).- Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras said it discovered a 108-liter (28-gallon) oil leak off the coast of the southeastern state of Rio de Janeiro.

In a statement Friday, Petrobras said it had identified the "crude slick, the first signs of which were spotted (Thursday)."

The spill occurred at the Marlim field in the northeastern portion of the Campos Basin, 172 kilometers (105 miles) off the coast of the city of Macae.

The company estimated that 108 liters of oil leaked into the ocean between Thursday and Friday and attributed the spill to a problem at a well that was not in operation.

According to Petrobras, five oil-spill containment ships, three vessels equipped to conduct submarine inspections and an aircraft have been dispatched to the site.

Petrobras said it has been keeping the ANP oil regulator, the Ibama environmental protection agency and the Brazilian navy abreast of the incident.