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Court Awards Spain $1.85 Billion for Prestige Oil Tanker Spill

Nov. 16, 2017, 8:01 PM

A Spanish court awarded Spain more than $1.85 billion in damages for the 2002 Prestige oil tanker spill, one of the country’s worst environmental disasters, naming the ship’s captain, shipping company, insurer, and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds responsible for payment.

In November 2002, the disabled Prestige tanker leaked oil 28 miles off the Spanish coast before breaking in half and sinking. It spilled more than 63,000 metric tons of toxic, viscous fuel oil, polluting thousands of miles of beaches, killing wildlife, and blackening the fishing areas along Spain’s Galician coastline.

“The moral damages are obvious, extensive, ...