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PEMBROKESHIRE CC BEMOANS IMPACT OF£4M OIL SPILL FINE ON LOCAL JOB MARKET

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Pembrokeshire CC has expressed its disappointment at the decision to fine Milford Haven Port Authority, one of the ...
Pembrokeshire CC has expressed its disappointment at the decision to fine Milford Haven Port Authority, one of the region's biggest employers,£4m for admitting liability for the Sea Empress oil spill in 1996, reports the Western Mail (p1).

David Thomas, of Pembrokeshire CC, said: 'We are probably one of the poorest and most economically disadvantaged regions in Britain and we have now had a huge chunk of money, which could have been invested in the local economy taken away. We desperately need jobs and can ill afford to lose any potential employment.'

Ted Sangster, general manager of the port authority, said the fine would put back investment in several projects aimed at creating an estimated 1,000 jobs.

The penalty imposed on the port by Mr Justice Steel at Cardiff on Friday was the largest recorded in Britain to date for an environmental disaster. The subsequent clean-up and compensation paid to fishermen and affected industries cost around£100m.
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