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Crude oil leak contained in Guangdong

By Jin Haixing and Zheng Caixiong  (China Daily)

08:45, January 16, 2013

A crude oil leak in Guangdong province has been contained and clean-up operations will be completed on Tuesday morning, local authorities said.

The leak occurred at 3:40 pm on Sunday in an oil pipe in Zhanjiang's Mazhang district, the local government said.

The burst pipe is part of the Zhanjiang-Maoming oil pipeline owned by Maoming Petrochemical, a subsidiary of Sinopec.

More than 15 tons of crude oil leaked into the Nanxi River, and the source of the leak was about 350 meters from the Chikan Reservoir, an alternate source for drinking water in Zhanjiang.

The Zhanjiang government said on Monday the leak has been contained and drinking water in the city is not contaminated.

More than 300 police officers and 18 firefighting vehicles were sent to control the leak, Zhanjiang Public Security Bureau said on its micro blog on Monday.

A rescue team, including five firefighting vehicles from Maoming Petrochemical, also went to the scene.

Transport authorities blocked roads to ensure safety, but traffic was back to normal by 1 pm on Monday, according to a statement by the Zhanjiang government.

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