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Oily substance spills on surface of lake in Brazil

October 17, 2013

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Officials in Brazil’s capital say they are investigating what appears to be a large oil spill on the surface of Paranaoa Lake, a body of water ringed by embassies, restaurant and clubs.

The local environment protection agency and the Brazilian Navy say they are trying to find out what the 3-kilometer (2-mile) long slick is composed of.

Navy officials say tar used in road repair work may have spilled into the lake.

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