SAO PAULO (AP) -- A judge has turned down a request by federal prosecutors to halt all activities in Brazil of U.S.-based Chevron Corp. and drilling contractor Transocean Ltd.
The ruling comes two-and-a-half months after prosecutors filed an injunction against Chevron and Transocean because of environmental harm caused by an oil leak off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in November.
Federal Judge Raffaele Felice Pirro says in his ruling that he saw no evidence that the activities of the two companies represented "real and imminent danger to society," as the prosecutors had argued.
He also said the injunction would punish the two companies before they could defend themselves in court.
Neither the prosecutors' office or Chevron had immediate comment.
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