Cleanup Continues As Chinese Authorities Aim To Control Oil Spill

July 22nd, 2010 - 7:37 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
chinaBeijing, July 22, (THAINDIAN NEWS) As reports became abuzz that an oil spill at the Yellow Sea port of Dalian was gradually spreading and it was all set to pose a major threat to environment, Chinese authorities took steps to ensure that the spill is controlled before it is capable of causing any major debacle. A pipeline explosion and subsequent fire that it caused on Friday resulted in large tonnes of oil being spilled into the sea. As the authorities took the initiative to stop the spill, beaches and island resort near the port city of Dalian were also shut down.

According to the latest reports that have surfaced, about a dozen of oil-skimming vessels as well more than 23 tonnes of oil-eating bacteria are being used to counter the spill by getting rid of the slick. At the same time, large number of soldiers as well as local residents are known to have been working incessantly to boast the clean-up process with hundreds of fishing boats being used in the clean-up effort. After the explosion took place on Friday, Chinese officials had stated that an estimated 1,500 tonnes of oil overflowed in the Yellow Sea situated off Liaoning province while also mentioning that the slick had already spread across 435 kilometers of the Yellow Sea.

While divulging details about the clean-up efforts that are being undertaken, Luan Yuxuan who is associated with the Dalian City Oceanic and Fishery Administration revealed that although the cleanup started with just 20 vessels and four patrol cars hailing from the provincial maritime bureau, as of now 800 fishing boats as well as dozens of cleaning vessels are being used to counter the spill.

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