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Chinese fishermen suing ConocoPhillips for Penglai spill

By Wang Chao (China Youth Daily)

17:06, November 18, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

It has been five months since the oil spill in the Penglai 19-3 oilfield, and Chinese fishermen still have not gotten any compensation from the U.S.-based oil company ConocoPhillips and its partner the China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC).

The State Oceanic Administration has already filed a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips, and Chinese fishermen have prepared to file a suit as well.

According to a lawyer who is entrusted to represent the fishermen, the direct economic losses of 30 households in Mouping, a fishing village in Shandong province have totaled more than 20 million yuan

Fishermen from the Shandong province said they believe that the scallops they were raising along the shores were poisoned by contamination from oil spills in the Bohai Bay. So they decided to hire lawyers to sue ConocoPhillips.

The oceanic administration said on Nov. 11 that oil spills originating from the Penglai 19-3 oilfield, which is owned by ConocoPhillips China, have contaminated China's marine ecosystem in north China's Bohai Bay.

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