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ConocoPhillips reaches settlement over Bohai Bay incident

Oilfield Technology,

ConocoPhillips and the China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) have reached an agreement with China's Ministry of Agriculture to resolve issues related to the June 2011 incidents at the Peng Lai 19-3 field in Bohai Bay. 

29 fish farmers in Bohai Bay filed a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China and CNOOC as a result of the oil spill from the Peng Lai 19-3 field, asking for compensation as a result of cultivation losses.

Under this agreement, RMB 1 billion (US$ 160 million) will be paid as compensation to settle public and private claims of potentially affected fishermen in Bohai Bay communities.

The agreement fulfils the objectives of the compensation fund announced in September 2011 by ConocoPhillips.

ConocoPhillips will also designate a portion, RMB 100 million (approximately US$ 16 million), of the company’s previously announced environmental fund to be used to improve fishery resources. ConocoPhillips is committed to delivering on environmental stewardship as a responsible corporate citizen in China and around the world.

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