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Oil spill pollutes Yellow River in China

By Wang Fangqing     Jan 3, 2010 in Environment
Yellow River, the second longest river in China and the most important water source for people living in the north, was polluted by diesel oil leaked from a pipeline located in Shaanxi Province on Wednesday.
A large amount of fuel leaked into the Chishui River and Weihe River, which is a major branch of the Yellow River, reports Xinhua.
The Shaanxi local government said the oil leaked from a branch of the Lanzhou-Zhengzhou-Changsha pipeline that transports fuel from the Northwest to the central China.
The pipeline owner, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), said emergency measure was taken right after the leak. For example, 23 blocking belts and three more dams were built on the rivers to prevent the fuel flowing into the Yellow River.
But still, 33-kilometer downstream the river was tainted. The local residents have been warned not to use the river water directly.
The CNPC said the pipeline damage was caused by construction work of a third party.
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