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ConocoPhillips China responds to media questioning

08-22-2011 20:38 BJT Special Report:Oil Spill in Bohai Bay |

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ConocoPhillips China, the operator of the oil platforms, has issued a written response to CCTV's questions for the first time since the incident happen over two months ago.

ConocoPhillips China admitted Saturday that nine new oil leaks have been found from its Penglai 19-3 oilfield.

The company first reported the oil spill in June, and had admitted another two oil leaks earlier this month, one from Platform C and the other from Platform B.

In its written statement, ConocoPhillips said the leaks near platform B were from a natural fault line that had been inactive before.

Some experts say this excuse sounds like they are trying to shirk their responsibilities.

Prof. Li Xiangfang of China University of Petroleum said, "The seeps from the natural fault are because they broke the balance of water injection and oil extraction during the producing process. The pressure of oil became abnormal and pushed the oil spill to the surface from the natural fault."

ConocoPhillips China admitted Saturday that
nine new oil leaks have been found from its
Penglai 19-3 oilfield.

With regards to the environment impact of the leak, the firm claims that no oil reached the shore after the spills.

However, dead seaweed and rotten fish have been reported some 70 kilometers south of where the leaks originated.

The oil giant on Friday extended an apology for its conduct that led to the oil leaks in Bohai Bay, pledging to accelerate its clean-up efforts.

Prof. Ai Xuejiao of Peking University said, "The damage to our environment has already be done. The fishermen have already suffered losses. The company should also pay for those damages and losses."

The company said it's still collecting and analyzing samples from the coast and few samples show any contamination from the leak. Most traces of oil that have been found are just fuel oil.

They are currently working with marine experts to assess the impact on the environment.

Editor:Shi Jierui |Source: CNTV.CN

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