Government braces as oil spill nears coral reef

Brazil’s Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo speaks during a press conference on the Defense Committee’s action in response to the ongoing oil spill on beaches in the northeast region, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Since the start of September, a mysterious oil spill has sullied almost 250 beaches on Brazil’s northeastern coast. According to the Navy, which is overseeing an investigation, its primary hypothesis is that the oil it spilled from a boat navigating off Brazil’s shore. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s Navy is sending more troops to monitor one of the country’s largest coral reef systems, bracing for possible impact of a mysterious oil spill.