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Hausfeld LLP Announces Settlement of Barbados Jet Fuel Spill Case

Washington, DC - August 2, 2010 - Shell Western Supply & Trading Company, Ltd and Hausfeld LLP have confirmed that Shell and the farmers and landowners in the Gibbons Boggs area, who were party to two lawsuits, have reached an amicable settlement in both the lawsuits pertaining to the former underground aviation fuel line which ran from the Oistins Terminal to the Barbados airport in Barbados, West Indies.
 
“We are happy that the farmers, landowners and Shell have been able to reach a mutual agreement, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the various parties who have demonstrated an interest in this matter and have offered support in its resolution.” said Mr. Ian Charman, General Manager of Shell Western. 
 
“This however does not end the matter for Shell,” Mr. Charman added, “As we will continue to work with the responsible governmental agencies to complete the environmental assessment work we began several years ago in the Gibbons Boggs area.”
 
"The farmers and landowners of this region are happy to put this matter behind them and we appreciate the actions of Shell and Chevron in resolving this litigation," said James Pizzirusso, a partner with Hausfeld LLP. 
 
Shell and Chevron affiliates operated and or owned the underground Oistins Pipeline that ran from the fuel terminal in Oistins Bay, Christ Church, Barbados to the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) via the agricultural area known as Gibbons Boggs, Christ Church.  The pipeline which transported aviation Jet A-1 fuel from the facilities at Oistins Terminal to GAIA for more than 30 years was decommissioned in 2005.  Specific details of the settlement are confidential.
 
Hausfeld LLP and Virtus Legal in Barbados represented twenty five farmers and landowners in these matters.

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Practice Areas: Environmental Threats