China orders US oil giant to halt rigs after spill

July 13, 2011
File photo of people riding past oil rigs in northern China's Hebei Province, near Bohai Bay. China National Offshore Oil Corporation -- recently accused of covering up a huge spill -- is cleaning up another slick after a breakdown at a rig off China's northeast coast.

China said Wednesday it had ordered US oil giant ConocoPhillips to immediately stop operations at several rigs in an area off the nation's eastern coast polluted by a huge slick.

The 840-square-kilometre (336-square-mile) slick emanating from the in Bohai Bay -- which ConocoPhillips operates with China's state-run oil giant CNOOC -- has caused huge anger amid allegations of a cover-up.

On Wednesday, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said operations would not be allowed to resume before the source of the spill was fully plugged and "risks eliminated", as fears over the long-term impact on the environment grow.

"There has been oil seeping continuously into the sea for days from platforms B and C in the Penglai 19-3 oil field and there is still a slick in the surrounding ," the SOA said in a statement.

"Another spill could happen at any time, which has posed a huge threat to the oceanic ecological environment," it said, adding it had ordered the US firm to stop operations at those platforms.

CNOOC said last week the spill -- which was detected on June 4 but only made public at the beginning of July -- was "basically under control" while ConocoPhillips told reporters the leaks had been plugged.

China said it had ordered US oil giant ConocoPhillips to immediately stop operations at several rigs in an area off the nation's eastern coast polluted by a huge slick.

The official China Daily newspaper said last week that dead and rotting fish could be seen in waters around Nanhuangcheng Island near the site of the slick.

It quoted a local fisheries association official as saying the would have a "long-term" impact on the environment.

CNOOC has been slammed by state media and green groups over the spill, and it emerged on Tuesday that the firm was cleaning up another slick after a breakdown at a rig off the northeast coast.

The state-run giant said immediately the leak was "minor".

In a separate incident, a CNOOC refinery in the southern province of Guangdong caught fire Monday but there were no casualties, the company said, adding the cause of the blaze was still under investigation.

The is located about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Daya Bay nuclear power plant, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

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1 / 5 (3) Jul 13, 2011
Now the USA is starting to face the economic reality it created while squandering its formerly great scientific talents on pseudo-scientific problems like CO2-induced global warming.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
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1 / 5 (1) Jul 21, 2011
pseudo-scientific problems like CO2-induced global warming.

And exactly what is pseudo-scientific about CO2 global warming?

[]Is it not a FACT that CO2 is a green house gas?
[]Is it not a FACT that Humans emit 150 times as much CO2 as volcanoes?
[]Is it not a FACT that GLOBAL temperatures are rising?
[]Is it not a FACT that solar input is at a MINIMUM and global average temp is at it's highest ever?

Given that small sample set, of facts, how is scientific talent squandered?

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