Argentinian town agrees to damages for oil spill

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In January 1999, 5,300 cubic metres of oil flowed into the Rio de la Plata after a German freighter collided with the Shell tanker Estrella Pampeana. The spill caused extensive damage to agriculture and tourism in the region. In a referendum, 77 percent of the residents of Magdalena agreed to accept 9.5 million US dollars in damages from Shell, which has never admitted being responsible for the disaster.