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Fishermen's oil-leak suit accepted by Tianjin court

By Wang Qian and Li Xiang (China Daily)

15:19, December 14, 2011

Four fishermen, representing a group of 107 people from Laoting county, Hebei province, are taking their oil spill damage lawsuit to Tianjin Maritime Court on Tuesday. They are (from left) Duan Jinzong, Wang Aiwen, Zhang Weihua and Xun Shaobin. Wang Huan / for China Daily

TIANJIN / BEIJING - The Tianjin Maritime Court has accepted a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China on behalf of fishermen claiming compensation for effects of the oil spill in Bohai Bay.

Lawyer Zhao Jingwei is asking the oil company to pay 490 million yuan ($77 million) for economic damage to the 107 affected fishermen in Laoting county, Hebei province.

The amount of the compensation was determined from the fishermen's calculations, and further calculations for compensation will be made by a professional assessment agency, Zhao told China Daily on Tuesday.

Unlike the earlier lawsuits against the oil spill, Zhao said the lawsuit has been under preparation for several months.

According to the State Oceanic Administration and the Ministry of Agriculture, the oil spill in June in the Penglai 19-3 oilfield reached the coastal cultivation area.

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