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A SCOTS council have accepted less than half the compensation they had sought for the Braer oil tanker disaster.

Shetland Islands Council settled out of court for pounds 652,000 out of an original claim for pounds 1.5million costs incurred dealing with the disaster, Britain's worst for 25 years.

The settlement with the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund comes almost eight years after the Braer oil tanker ran aground off Shetland, spilling 85,000 tonnes of crude into the sea.

A worse disaster was avoided after ferocious gales and mountainous seas kept the oil away from the beaches, but the local tourist trade was estimated to have lost pounds 2.5million.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 16, 2000
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