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  • In this photo provided by Chile's Public Affairs office, shrimp lay dead on a beach in Coronel, Chile, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Hundreds of dead crabs also washed up in the same area over the weekend. Local fishermen say the Bocamina 1 and 2 power plants owned by regional electricity generator Endesa and the Santa Maria plant controlled by Chilean power company Colbun have heated the waters, endangering their livelihood. An official at Colbun declined to comment. A spokesman for Endesa said the company was aware of the issue and would issue a statement later. (AP Photo/Chile's Public Affairs office)

Thursday, March 21, 2013 3:43 pm

Utility denies fault in massive Chile shrimp death

The Associated Press

Endesa Chile is denying any wrongdoing in the death of thousands of shrimp that washed ashore in southern Chile.

Local fishermen have blamed the country's leading electricity generator for the die-off that left a carpet of red prawns on a beach in Coronel, about 330 miles (530 kilometers) south of the capital on Wednesday.

Endesa Chile Project Manager Marcelo said Thursday that company studies indicate the die-off "is due to the flow of deep waters coming from the continental platform, induced by currents of wind on the ocean."

He says Endesa plans to cooperate with the official investigation.