China to Review Offshore Risks in Wake of Spill

Monday, July 11, 2011

China's ocean administration reportedly want companies operating offshore wells to be more transparent after two oil leaks seeped into water off the country's eastern coast unbeknownst to many local fishermen and residents last month, according to an AP story.
China's State Oceanic Administration reportedly issued a notice Friday asking offshore oil producers to investigate any risks, review their emergency planning and assess the environmental impact of their operations.
The orders come after two oil spills polluted 840 square kmof China's Bohai Bay.
The State Oceanic Administration said 3,000 metres of sea booms and other devices were used to help clean up the spill, which has also raised widespread concern over the community's fisheries industry.
The Penglai 19-3 oil field is China's largest offshore field. ConocoPhillips China developed the field in partnership with CNOOC Ltd. The U.S. partner owns 49 percent of the field while the Chinese partner has 51 percent.

(Source: Associated Press)

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