Argentine judge orders embargo on oil companies in disputed Falklands
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Argentine judge orders embargo on oil companies in disputed Falklands

An Argentine judge is ordering an embargo of goods owned by companies exploring for oil off the Falklands Islands, over which Argentina claims sovereignty. She’s also ordering them to stop their explorations

The ruling by Judge Lilian Herraez may be largely symbolic since none of the companies appears to have operations in the South American nation and the British flag flies over the Falklands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas. The ruling was announced on the government tax prosecutor’s website on Saturday.

The companies named include Rockhopper Exploration, Premier Oil and Falkland Oil and Gas Limited of Britain, as well as Noble Energy Inc. of the U.S. and Italy’s Edison International.

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The judge says the companies lack authorization from the Argentine government and are accused of contaminating the environment.

Associated Press