This excerpt taken from the PBR 20-F filed May 22, 2009.
March 2001 gas explosion and spillRoncador field
On March 15, 2001, a gas explosion inside one of the columns of the P-36 production platform, located in the Roncador field (75 miles off the Brazilian coast) led to the death of 11 employees and eventual sinking of the platform. The accident also caused 396,300 gallons of diesel fuel and oil to spill into the ocean. As a result of the accident:
fines through administrative proceedings. One of these proceedings has ended and the fine (in the amount of R$2 million) has been upheld by IBAMA. We filed suit (ação anulatória) to annul the administrative decision upholding the R$2 million fine. The other administrative proceeding has not yet been decided.