Oil Keeps Leaking into Bohai Bay

      July 12, 2011 12:36

      Oil continues to spill in the Penglai 19-3 offshore oil field in Bohai Bay, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported citing an official at China's State Oceanic Administration on Monday.

      Satellite images of China's largest offshore oil field confirm the recurrence of an oil plume near platforms B and C and a detailed inspection on the site found evidence of a small leakage at platform B, it added.  

      Beijing did not admit the original disaster until more than a month after it occurred, and then only when news leaked out on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. In a press conference on July 7, it admitted two leaks at in the Penglai 19-3 oil field and said 840 sq.km of sea water had been contaminated, but it already dealt with the matter by halting the operation of the oil field and cleaning up the spill.

      But oil continues to leak, and China keeps refusing to make key statistics public that would allow outsiders to assess the magnitude of the disaster.

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