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China Fishermen Sue ConocoPhillips over Spills

3 July 2012

A group of 30 fishermen from China sued ConocoPhillips in US federal court on Monday, claiming their livelihoods have been greatly impacted by two oil spills last year from the company’s offshore drilling operations in northeastern China. Attorneys for the fishermen said the lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Houston, where the company is based, because courts in China have blocked their efforts to file a similar suit. Lawyer Tom Bilek noted that the company has already publicly taken responsibility for the spills that released more than 30,000 gallons of oil into the Bohai Sea.—AP