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Shell to Pay Fine for UK Refinery Accident

A British judge ordered oil giant Shell to pay multithousand fine for failing to follow safety

A British judge ordered oil giant Shell to pay multithousand fine for failing to follow safety regulations at one of its plants in the UK.

In 2003 dangerous gas escaped from a corroded pipe at the Stanlow petrochemical plant in Ellesmere Port, about 200 miles northwest of London.

The judge, Roger Dutton, said the fine was lower than it would have been had Shell been found guilty after taking the case to trial.

Britain's Health and Safety Executive said the gas escape was caused by Shell's failure to properly inspect and maintain the pipe. Stanlow general manager Yuri Sebregts said changes have been made to ensure the problem does not recur.