USD 64.2548

-0.11

EUR 70.8473

-0.08

BRENT 58.91

+0.07

AI-92 42.16

+0.05

AI-95 45.93

+0.05

AI-98 51.82

-0.03

Diesel 46.15

+0.11

11

Esso Australia found culpable on 11 counts relating to Longford gas explosion

Esso Australia Pty Ltd, a unit of Exxon Mobil Corporation has been found culpable...

Esso Australia Pty Ltd, a unit of Exxon Mobil Corporation has been found culpable on 11 counts arising from a 1998 explosion that left two workers dead at its Longford natural gas plant, Agence France-Presse reported.

The company now faces possible fines of 2.7 million aud.

A Victoria Supreme Court jury deliberated for two days before returning its verdict. The charges included failing to prevent the rupture of a gas pipeline, not providing a safe work environment, and failing to provide correct training for workers and supervisors.

Esso was charged as a company and pleaded not guilty to the allegations. No individual company directors or officials were prosecuted, AFP said.

afxpress.com