Brazil airline ordered to reforest after pollution

AP News
Posted: Aug 27, 2011 2:18 PM
Brazil airline ordered to reforest after pollution

A court has ordered Brazil's second-largest airline to plant trees near Sao Paulo's international airport to compensate for pollution caused by its passenger jets.

The Sao Paulo State Court of Justice says in a statement that Gol Lineas Aereas Intelligentes S.A. must reforest an area whose size has not yet been determined to compensate for pollution generated by departing and landing aircraft at the airport, located next to the city of Guarulhos.

A Guarulhos city hall spokesman says he expects the court will order the other 41 airlines operating at the airport to adopt similar measures. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the ruling.

Gol spokesman Leandro Buarque said late Friday that the airline had no immediate comment.