CNMI TO ASK MOBIL TO SHOULDER US$ 400,000 FUEL LEAK CLEANUP COST

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (March 20, 2001 – Radio Australia)---The Commonwealth Ports Authority plans to ask Mobil Oil Marianas to pay for the cleanup of a 6,000-gallon fuel leak at Saipan International Airport.

It is estimated that the cleanup will cost more than US$ 400,000.

CPA Executive Director Carlos H. Salas says Mobil has already pledged to pay half, but he will ask the company to pay 100 percent of the costs.

Mr. Salas says Mobil seems receptive to the idea and the CPA will hold a meeting with company executives this month to discuss the issue.

Mobil discovered the jet fuel leak on January 1, from a pit that houses a surge suppressor tank and valve.

Laboratory tests confirmed that the fuel had been absorbed by the earth below.

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