December 2, 2010 / 5:00 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-UK regulators to prosecute Shell for Bacton gas fire

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LONDON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - The UK’s Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive said on Thursday they will prosecute Shell UK (RDSa.L) for breaching legislation following an explosion and fire at the Bacton gas terminal in 2008.

Shell said it had been “made aware” it will be prosecuted after a joint investigation by the two authorities.

The case’s first hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2011, and will take place at Norwich City Magistrates’ Court.

On Feb. 28, 2008 a fire broke out at a waste water treatment plant at the Bacton gas terminal run by Shell, which cut more than a tenth of British gas supply.

At the time Shell said the blaze was extinguished within hours and gas flows from the terminal resumed a day later.

There were no casualties following the incident, an Environment Agency spokeswoman said.

Reporting by Karolin Schaps; Editing by Alison Birrane

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