Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

One Year on, Anger Burns in Buncefield; 3,000 SUE OVER DAMAGE CAUSED BY [Pounds sterling]700M OIL DEPOT BLAZE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

One Year on, Anger Burns in Buncefield; 3,000 SUE OVER DAMAGE CAUSED BY [Pounds sterling]700M OIL DEPOT BLAZE

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER

ONE year on and the oil is flowing once again, along with the petrol companies' profits - while the victims of the Buncefield disaster are still waiting for compensation.

People like Ian Silverstein, whose [pounds sterling]1.3million home was reduced to an uninhabitable shell by Britain's biggest peacetime explosion, haven' t received a penny.

"We've become the forgotten ones," said the 35-year-old businessman, standing in front of his shattered house. "Our lives have been turned upside down, our homes destroyed and our businesses threatened and yet nobody in authority seems to give a damn.

"And to rub it in, part of the Buncefield plant is up and running again. How wrong is that?"

Two hundred people were injured and 2,000 people were evacuated when 300 tons of vaporised petrol, which had overf lowed from a tank, ignited at 6.01am on 11 December last year.

The blast was heard as far away as south-west London, flames hundreds of feet high were seen as far north as Lincolnshireand the smoke cloud was visible from space. …

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