EcoAlert: China’s Yellow Sea Oil Spill Mirrors Gulf Tragedy

China-oil-825x550 Tourists were barred from China's Bangchui island and Dalian beaches amid ongoing efforts to clean up the slick that stretches over at least 183 square kilometers (70 square miles) of ocean, the China Daily newspaper said. More than 25 tons of oil-eating bacteria and dozens of oil-skimming vessels are being used to remove the slick, after a pipeline explosion and fire on Friday sent tons of crude spilling into the sea.

In this photo released by Greenpeace, a firefighter covered in oil is rescued following an attempt to fix an underwater pump. Some state media reports put the amount of the spill at around 1,650 tons, but others said the total amount was unknown. So far, at least 500 tons of oil have been scooped up, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Dalian is China's second-largest port for crude oil imports and a major domestic production hub, according to the China Daily.

Source: AFP

Photo credit: © Greenpeace

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