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Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation: Farmers protest at Shell sponsored event

Sunday, 26 November 2006
 
A group of Christ Church farmers chose an historic Shell-sponsored motor event in Barbados today, to put their case about environmental pollution on their lands to top officials of the international oil giant.

And the company, through Raoul Pinnell, chairman of Shell brands international, promised to meet with them to resolve the issue.

Amidst all the red representing the colours of Ferrari many would have missed this group dressed in yellow at the event sponsored by Shell.

These farmers from Christ Church blame the company for creating an environmental problem in their area and allowing it to worsen.

The group which recently held a protest march in Bridgetown, has been seeking compensation for the contamination of 186 acres of farmlands by jet fuel pipeline leaks over a decade ago.

But the sides had reached a stalemate recently over the size of the award with the farmers have rejected a two million dollar offer from Shell.

When CBC raised the issue with a top Shell official, he said the company is determined to settle the differences with the farmers.

And farmers say they are eager to reach an agreement.

The group insists that its grouse is not with local shell representative SOL but with the multinational oil giant.

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