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Oil disaster islanders claim pounds 2m damages.

SHETLAND islanders are demanding pounds 2million compensation for damage done to homes during the Braer disaster.

Up to 85,000 tons of crude oil spilled into the sea when the oil tanker ran aground off Garth's Ness six years ago.

More than 200 claims were lodged against the Braer Corporation, the International Oil Pollution Fund and an insurance firm. Several were dismissed by the courts, but six householders want payment for damage done to their roofs.

They allege dispersants used in the clean-up caused asbestos tiles to crack.

The Court of Session actions which started yesterday in Edinburgh will be seen as test cases for 40 others.

George Henderson, who was part of the island council's emergency team, said 100 tons of dispersant was dropped.

He told the court felt roofs were replaced after the Braer office accepted claims. But it later emerged asbestos roofs had also been adversely hit.

Braer and the insurance firm deny liability at the hearing before Lord Gill which is set to last four weeks.
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