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AFX News Limited/ Forbes: Shell faces call for new inquiry over leaking of ethelyne oxide gas – media

02.08.08, 2:22 AM ET

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Financial) – Royal Dutch Shell said a larger amount of ethelyne oxide gas escaped from its Moerdijk location in the Netherlands than previously thought, prompting calls from a Dutch province for an independent inquiry into the incident, Dutch media reported.

Shell said on its Moerdijk website that 5.3 tonnes of the gas was leaked rather than the previous estimate of 1-2 tonnes.

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant also said it asked research bureau TNO to assess the possible impact on public health, but said TNO’s study found that there were no consequences for public health in the region.

But the Dutch province of North Brabant has in response called for an independent inquiry into the incident, which took place in 2004, Dutch media reported.

The Dutch public prosecution office said last year it is prosecuting Shell for alleged violations of environmental regulations at the Moerdijk site.

Aaron Gray-Block; [email protected]

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