A new oil spill in China on July 12th. It happened at a drilling site in Bohai Bay, off the country’s northeastern coast.
According to the company, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, a leak spread crude oil over a small area. Production has now been halted, and there are plans to soak up and chemically disperse the slick. The control issue itself has reportedly been repaired; but the oil is still leaking. China’s largest offshore producer has now had three spill incidents in Bohai since June. A serious leak on June 4th has now polluted 300 square miles. That leak was not made public for three weeks–leading to public outrage. Another platform developed a leak on June 17th.
The continuing trickle and slow cleanup at both wells has prompted Chinese authorities to demand a halt to crude drilling and production.
Part of the drilling projects are run by the American company ConocoPhillips.