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Authorities step up supervision of clean-up operation in Bohai oilfield

08-22-2011 08:18 BJT Special Report:Oil Spill in Bohai Bay |

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If fact, The State Oceanic Administration has issued an ultimatum requiring ConocoPhillips to clean up the oil spill and halt any further leaks before August 31. But with only ten days left and new leaks appearing, it seems they may not be able to comply. Our reporter went on board a patrol boat to find out how the clean-up efforts are coming along.

ConocoPhillips has halted production at platforms B and C of the Penglai 19-3 oil field. According to the marine patrol officers, the leaks at platform B are contained but the risk of further leaks remains. At platform C, new leaks have also appeared. While our reporter was on board, another leak was discovered.

Zhang Yi, marine patrol officer, said, "China Marine Patrol boat #17 just found signs of a new leak about 600 meters southwest of Platform C. Please dispatch a clean-up crew here as soon as possible and do report back when you are done."

Soon after, another boat was deployed to coordinate the clean-up efforts. ConocoPhillips' crew arrived at the specified area 10 minutes later.

The State Oceanic Administration initially set the deadline for the completion of the clean-up operation for August 7. After the company failed to meet the deadline, the authorities stepped up enforcement. There are now 6 patrol boats in the area and 6 law enforcement officers stationed on the platforms.

Lin Fangzhong, marine patrol officer, said, "Our crews have clear responsibilities. Crew 15 will keep an eye on platform B, crew 17 on C, while crew 18 patrols the area. And we have two helicopters monitoring the situation from above."

Tougher supervision has put ConocoPhillips under increasing pressure to complete the clean-up before the August 31 deadline. But with the clock ticking and new leaks still emerging, meeting that deadline now seems a far stretch.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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