BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state media say a court in Tianjin has ordered ConocoPhillips to pay 1.68 million yuan ($265,000) to 21 fishermen who claimed their livelihoods suffered from oil spills in northern China in 2011.
The official Xinhua News Agency says the verdict follows nearly four years of haggling between the fishermen and the company.
In June 2011, spills from an oilfield jointly owned by the Chinese subsidiary of Houston-based ConocoPhillips and China National Offshore Oil Corp., China's main offshore oil and gas producer, drained into the Bohai Sea and its bay.
In 2012, ConocoPhillips and CNOOC reached a $160 million agreement with the Agriculture Ministry settle compensation claims in the spill. Xinhua says the 21 fishermen didn't take part in this process and filed their own case in December 2011.