July 08, 2011 12:53
A U.S. environmental group on Tuesday released a photo of a massive oil spill in Bohai Bay, off China's eastern coast, to which China has belatedly admitted without, however, providing details. The picture released by SkyTruth integrates a satellite photo of the area taken on June 14 by NASA's MODIS-Aqua and a Google map showing the locations.
The Chinese State Oceanic Administration said leaks occurred on June 4 and 17 from platforms B and C of the Penglai 19-3 offshore oilfield, polluting an area of 840 sq.km of water, about 1.4 times the size of Seoul. But the NASA photo was taken before the second spill, showing only an area of 314 sq.km covered with oil.
SkyTruth estimate the amount of oil shown in the picture at 314,000 liters, assuming that the slick is 1 ㎛ thick.
Meanwhile, the state-run China National Offshore Oil Corporation and ConocoPhillips, the U.S. operator of the oil field, apologized for the first time since the disaster.
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