China Oil Spill Continues to Spread: Oil Spill Clean Up Efforts Began – BP oil spill, the largest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is not yet completely contained when a new oil spill in China emerged.
The China oil spill started when a pipeline owned by China National Petroleum Corporation located at the busy northeastern port of Dalian exploded five days ago sparking a 15-hour fire. It quickly reached beaches in Dalian prompting an immediate closing which could last until August.
As of Wednesday, the oil spill had spread over 165 square miles with an estimated 400,000 gallons of oil spewed out in waters making it the largest oil spill in China. 40 oil-skimming boats and about 800 fishing boats were already deployed to clean up the spill. Xinhua mentioned that more than 15 kilometers (9 miles) of oil barriers had been set up to keep the oil slick from spreading in nearby areas most especially to China’s closest neighbor, North Korea. Oil-eating bacteria were also reportedly being used in the clean up.
Dalian’s vice mayor, Dai Yulin said: “Our priority is to collect the spilled oil within five days to reduce the possibility of contaminating international water.” Added to the burden of cleaning the oil spill is the lack of proper oil cleanup materials as company workers are just wearing rubber gloves and using chopsticks.
With all these oil spills happening, I think it’s time for governments to aggressively invest in alternative and renewable sources of energy.