ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says it is considering legal action against a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell after the company refused to pay $2.4 million in compensation to the victims of a tanker fire last month that killed 215 people.
Imran Ghazanvi, a spokesman for Pakistan's oil and gas regulator, said Wednesday that a probe found the company responsible for the disaster. After the fuel tanker crashed and started leaking, hundreds of people from a nearby village who had rushed to collect the fuel were engulfed in flames when it ignited.
The regulator says the tanker was not fit to transport oil and that the driver's license was invalid.
Shell Pakistan Limited has paid a $96,000 fine but says it reserves the right to contest it once it has completed its own investigation.