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Thursday 18 December  

Argentinian town agrees to damages for oil spill

Published on 18 May 2009 - 6:53pm
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The residents of the Argentinian town of Magdalena have finally reached agreement with the Shell oil company on damages for an oil spill.

In January 1999, 5,300 cubic metres of oil flowed into the Rio de la Plata after a German freighter collided with the Shell tanker Estrella Pampeana. The spill caused extensive damage to agriculture and tourism in the region. In a referendum, 77 percent of the residents of Magdalena agreed to accept 9.5 million US dollars in damages from Shell, which has never admitted being responsible for the disaster.

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