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Mexico's Pemex faces possible fine for oil spill

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 5:25pm
Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican state oil monopoly Pemex faces a fine for an oil spill in the western state of Oaxaca that has affected up to 6 km (4 miles) of coastline, authorities said on Friday.

The spill, which began last week when a floating oil storage facility sunk, has so far spewed 1,000 liters (264 US gallons) of crude onto eight beaches, according to Laura Ernestina Aguilar, head of Oaxaca's environmental protection agency.

She said the final spillage figure would likely be higher.

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