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Why were we too slow responding to Bohai oil spill?

(China Daily)

16:09, September 05, 2011

The order by the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) to ConocoPhillips China that it must stop all production operations in Bohai Bay is long overdue given the two-month long oil leaks and extensive contamination of large areas of Bohai Bay.

An investigation conducted jointly by seven central government departments has confirmed that the subsidiary of the Houston-based US energy giant has seriously violated operating rules. What is even more serious is the lack of attention to the abnormal phenomena that preceded the oil leaks and its disregard for their consequences.

Comparing the information ConocoPhillips China has provided about the oil spill and the measures it has adopted to stop it with the results of the investigation, it is not hard to realize that the firm lacks any basic social responsibility.

When the oil leaks were first revealed, assessment of the extent of the oil spill and the efforts taken by the company to deal with the leaks were based entirely on information provided by the company. The joint investigation organized nearly two months after the oil leaks were first reported has shown that not only is the oil spill worse than the company reported but, despite its assurances to the contrary, it has failed to bring the situation under full control and find and stop the sources of the spills.

That the foreign firm does not need to worry about the penalties it will have to pay for its errors and lies has clearly influenced its response to the environmental disaster it has caused. The highest fine that can be imposed under China's maritime environmental protection law is 200,000 yuan ($30,920), peanuts to the energy giant.

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PD User at 2011-09-0780.94.16.*
2011-09-06.False,to explain-Poland not have not any company oil.Who with Poland inform and to offer oneself oil company liar.
PD User at 2011-09-06121.35.170.*
Bohai oil spill for months,caused huge harm and pollution to environment,why are the government doing?why cann"t government give it severe sanction
elee at 2011-09-05183.39.46.*
Such peanut fines are only an invitation to conseal mischief by paying the fines a million times over without a problem to the oil companies! How silly could Chinese laws be in such situations like wearing dead wood mentalities !

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