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article imageAnother major oil spill after pipeline explosions in China

By Laura Trowbridge     Jul 19, 2010 in Environment
Two pipeline explosions triggered a major oil spill last Friday, closing one of China's largest ports. Officials estimate around 1,500 tons of oil spilled into the sea, causing a 71-square-mile oil slick.
According to Sky News, the fire happened while a crude oil tanker was being off-loaded at PetroChina's Dalian port.
It took firefighters 15 hours to put out the huge blaze.
"The port was sealed right after the explosion. We have a one-week contingency plan, but are hoping that the oil spill can be cleaned up as soon as possible," an oil executive told Sky News.
Comparisons to BP's oil spill in the Gulf are being rejected, and officials are claiming the Chinese clean-up operation is expected to take just about five days.
The port closure may last up to 10 days though, and is expected to have an affect on shipments of oil, iron ore and soy.
Estimates of the clean-up bill stand around £30 million, but who will be paying that bill is unclear.
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