China moves to protect Bohai Bay

December 28th, 2011 - 9:03 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Dec 28 (IANS) China plans to enforce strict measures to prevent damage from the offshore oil drilling to the fragile ecosystem of the Bohai Bay.

Liu Cigui, director of the State Oceanic Administration, said his organisation will cooperate with Liaoning, Hebei and Shandong provinces surrounding the bay, to enhance management of offshore oil platforms and waste discharges.

Liu said a standard will be drafted that minimizes pollutant discharge into the bay to protect its fragile environment.

Regular patrols will also be carried out around the offshore petrochemical projects to check pollution, China Daily reported Wednesday.

The Bohai Bay is a major offshore oil and gas production base in China.

Oil spills in June released over 720 barrels of crude oil into the bay, polluting some 6,000 sq km of water, the administration estimated. It concluded that the incidents resulted mainly from negligence.

China’s marine environment is worsening, and the developmental activities will continue to put pressure on the sensitive marine ecosystem, Liu said.

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