Calls for stiff legal compensation claims have come thick and fast since the 30 January spill, which released 100,000 cubic metres of cyanide-containing waters, killing hundreds of tonnes of fish and all other forms of life over hundreds of kilometres of downstream rivers in the Danube basin (ENDS Daily 10 February). These include a threatened lawsuit against Esmeralda by the Hungarian government. According to the firm's lawyers, liquidation would make this or any other legal claim against Esmeralda more difficult to pursue.
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