The Other Oil Spill in China

Surprised there hasn’t been more buzz about the giant oil spill happening right now in China

Crude oil started pouring into the Yellow Sea off a busy north-eastern port after a pipeline exploded late last week, sparking a massive 15-hour fire. The government says the slick has spread across a ‘km2 stretch of ocean.

State-run media reported that one firefighter was rescued from the sludge on Tuesday – but a second, 25-year-old Zhang Liang, drowned after a large wave pushed him into the sea amid the clean-up.

It is not known whether the firefighter in these photographs is the one who survived.

China is racing to keep the spill from reaching international waters, while an environmental group tried to assess whether the country’s largest reported spill was worse than had been disclosed.

The cause of the blast was still not clear yesterday. The pipeline is owned by China National Petroleum Corp, Asia’s biggest oil and gas producer by volume.

The photos are pretty arresting.

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