[Barbados] Shell oil leaks fuel farmers drive for settlement

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[Barbados] Shell oil leaks fuel farmers drive for settlement

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[Barbados] Shell oil leaks fuel farmers’ drive for settlement
ROY R. MORRIS,
14 June 2015

The records of multinational oil giant Shell show that its pipeline from Oistins to the Grantley Adams International Airport leaked “greater than 300,000 gallons of Jet A1” fuel into the ground over more than 20 years.

They also showed that between 2003 and 2005 more than 85 of the approximately 1,100 joints along the pipeline “have been found to have leaked” and then repaired.

Its own investigation and report revealed that in 1995 and again in 2003 there were major leaks when the pipeline released more than 10 000 gallons of Jet A1, also known as aviation fuel.

Further, the “confidential report” by the company reported that there were “approximately 24 recorded leaks of Jet A1 fuel since 1994”.

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[Barbados] Court to decide if farmers’ claims timely

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[Barbados] Court to decide if farmers’ claims timely
ROY R MORRIS,
14 June 2015
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    A MAP showing the four miles of pipeline from which the aviation fuel leaked for several years. (Reco Moore)
Christ Church farmers, after complaining for decades that a leaking Shell oil pipeline was ruining their businesses, now have to wait for the Barbados High Court to determine if their claims have been filed too late.

And even if the court rules they can proceed, and despite Shell itself acknowledging that over the years more than 300 000 gallons of aviation fuel leaked from the four miles of four-inch pipeline that runs between Oistins and the airport, the oil giant is still insisting at this time they must prove their losses in court.

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