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Oil Spill Threaten China’s Coasts

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 14, 2010


According to uncle Chicom, oil spills are a problem for China. It should come as no surprise. If they cannot make milk without fouling it up, what hope is for them to build pipelines…
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“Beijing – Oil spills are posing an increasing threat to China’s marine environment as the country’s energy demand grows, a leading environmental think tank warned on Thursday. A report released by the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development said the volume of China’s oil transported by sea now ranked third in the world following the United States and Japan, and its oil handling capacity is growing by more than 10 million tons every year, making China’s oceans a potential site for marine incidents and oil spills. The expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration is also increasing the risk, the report warned.
It said from 1973 to 2006, about 2,635 oil spills happened at sea in China, with more than 37,000 tons of oil spilled.The Yangtze River, Pearl River, Taiwan Straits and Bohai Bay are the areas at greatest risk for oil spills, it said.
The Bohai Sea, which has the highest concentration of ports in China, is the national strategic petroleum reserve and has the largest offshore oilfield in the country. A total of 178 offshore oil platforms and 1,419 marine oil wells have been built in the sea, and their oil capacity is expected to reach 210 million tons by 2020, the report said. “

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