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ConocoPhillips China says oil leaks sealed before deadline

(Xinhua)

09:02, September 01, 2011

BEIJING, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- ConocoPhillips China (COPC) said on Wednesday that it has sealed off leaks from an oil spill that polluted north China's Bohai Bay before the Aug. 31 deadline.

COPC, a subsidiary of U.S. oil giant ConocoPhillips, said it had submitted a report to China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA), showing that the company has met the SOA's requirements to seal off the sources of the spill and eliminate the risk for further leaks.

The report includes the methods the company used to seal the leaks and third-party confirmation, it said in a statement on its website.

The report also includes the results of the company's internal investigation of the causes of the accident.

COPC estimates that 115 cubic meters of oil (700 barrels) and 400 cubic meters (about 2,500 barrels) of mineral oil-based drilling mud have leaked, it said in the statement.

The oil spill was first spotted in June in the bay's Penglai 19-3 oil field, which is jointly owned by COPC and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China's largest offshore oil and gas producer.

The spills have spread to beaches in Hebei and Liaoning provinces and have been blamed for losses in the local tourism and aquatic farming industries.

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