CHINESE COURT ACCEPTS OIL SPILL-RELATED COMPENSATION CLAIMS
A maritime court in the northern coastal city of Tianjin accepted a case of compensation claims last Friday from aquaculture farmers who believe oil leaked from ConocoPhillips-operated oil field platforms in Bohai Sea resulted in their business losses. The Tianjin Maritime Court took up the lawsuit filed by a group of 29 aqua-farmers against ConocoPhillips China and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). The Penglai 19-3 oil field, where the leak had first been reported in June from platforms B and C, is being operated by ConocoPhillips China, a subsidiary of the U.S. energy giant ConocoPhillips, under a development agreement with CNOOC, the oil field's owner. The court also said there was another lawsuit regarding compensation claims against ConocoPhillips China lodged Thursday by a group of 107 aqua-farmers, over which the court is conducting a routine check over the plaintiffs' identities before accepting the case. The 107 aqua-farmers renewed their lawsuit after a previous lawsuit filed on December 13 failed to be taken up by the court. The court had asked them to modify documents and produce more evidence in accordance with laws. The court gave no details on the amount of compensation being sought by the aqua-farmers in both lawsuits. For more, visit http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2011-12/30/c_131335758.htm.