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Apache Energy Sought for Compensation

Western Australia's timber industry is seeking compensation from Apache Energy for losses it incurred as a result of the gas explosion at Varanus Island

Western Australia's timber industry is seeking compensation from Apache Energy for losses it incurred as a result of the gas explosion at Varanus Island.

Ten pine milling and harvesting companies have voted to pursue compensation.

The Forest Industries Federation will also seek compensation on behalf of the companies' subcontractors, such as trucking companies, which also sustained big losses as a result of the gas shortage.

Federation executive director Bob Pearce says the industry is looking to recoup $20 million in losses.

"People feel it's a very long and protracted process, but we hope that won't be the case," he said.

"We're trying not to go down legal routes and threaten court action and things like that".

"We're trying to approach the company or the companies concerned in a logical manner to see what they're prepared to do".

Author: Jo Amey