Oil Spills Everywhere: China Fights Exploded Pipeline Oil Spill

I know it’s fiendish to look at it this way, but it’s “nice” to see that the United States is not the only country or area of the world dealing with poor management of our petroleum resources.

It’s just plain sad, really. Farmer’s, wildlife and countless others are affected by oil spills all over the world, with new spills occurring on a monthly basis if not more frequently. Consumers can give a sigh of relief that the oil spills here in the Gulf of Mexico and in China in the Yellow Sea near the Port of Dalian, haven’t affected gasoline prices. Yet.

The Dalian pipeline explosion occurred on July 16, 2010. Fortunately, it was easier to stop the oil flow because the pipeline wasn’t a mile below the surface of the ocean. China National Television reported the cleanup is underway with more than 100,000 gallons of the estimated 400,000 spilled oil having been collected. 

To keep this oil spill in perspective, the BP leak has allowed an estimated 94 million to 184 million gallons to escape into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Associated Press.

Researchers from the China Environmental Science Research Institute estimate that the ecological harm from the Dalian spill is likely to last a decade. At this time, the damage to the Gulf of Mexico is too large to estimate.

For both spills, the effects will take 10-20 years or more to fully be felt as the contamination of oil carcinogens passes up through the food chain, from animals to humans.

Greenpeace China estimated that over 10,000 shellfish farms have been contaminated, and fishing has been banned around the Port of Dalian until the end of August.

The Dalian spill covers a 165 square mile stretch of the Yellow Sea.

How many oil spills will it take for us as a civilization to really get serious about cleaner, renewable, alternative energy sources?


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