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Chinese Muffle Oil Spill Estimates

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Posted on Jul 31, 2010
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Thousands of fishing boats were pressed into service to help clean up spilled oil in the Yellow Sea near Dalian in northeast China.

An oil spill following a pipeline explosion in China’s Yellow Sea could be much bigger than the government is admitting. The Chinese government says 1,500 tons of oil was spilled, but an American expert who visited the scene says it may actually be 50 times that figure, putting it on the order of the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Still, it pales in comparison to the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

China’s Yellow Sea oil spill could be many times larger than the government has admitted, a US conservation expert says.

The Chinese government has said that 1,500 tonnes of oil leaked out after a pipeline exploded near one of the country’s strategic oil reserves.

But the disaster, which sent 30-metre-high flames bursting into the sky, could be dozens of times bigger than that, Rick Steiner, a marine conservation expert who has studied the spill, said.

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By rico, suave, August 2, 2010 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

Just deafening!!

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By rico, suave, August 2, 2010 at 7:34 am Link to this comment

Let me assume that the oil spill in question came from a Chinese government-owned oil company. How is it possible that a spill could have happened to a government-owned company? And a forward-looking socialist/progressive worker-oriented government-owned company at that. I thought the reason why the Gulf spill occurred was because of capitalist greed and corner-cutting and poorly enforced regulations, and that nationization of BP would prevent such a disaster from ever happening again.

I’d like to see a study comparing the polution caused by government-owned oil companies versus privately owned ones worldwide.

The silence on this thread is absolutely deafening! I love it!

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By rico, suave, August 1, 2010 at 7:49 am Link to this comment

And now come the stories that damage estimates from the Gulf spill MAY have been overblown, maybe wildly so, especially by the hysterics in the environmental extortion business. And that the cleanup efforts, combined with the Gulf ecosystem’s natural ability to assimilate crude oil, MAY result in much faster mitigation of long term damage.

This points to the trouble with calling everything a holocaust or a genocide, or the “worst (fill in the blank)to date”. The stories of Chicken Little and the Boy Who Cried Wolf have resonance for this very reason.

I am NOT a shill for BP or Big Oil. I am NOT a Pollyanna. I an NOT a denier. But the next time I hear that “capitalism/greed/racism (fill in any non-progressive-friendly term you wish) caused this unprecedented genocide/holocaust/crime against humanity” or some such horseshit, I’ll be a tad bit less inclined to listen.

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By rico, suave, July 31, 2010 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment

This is going to be fun to watch!

Who will Hu blame? The oil company for cutting safety corners? Will the progressives blame the government for lax regulatory enforcement? How much is the oil company paying those thousands of fishing boats “pressed” into service to clean up the spill? Who’s arm will Hu twist to collect the $20 billion escrow for the cleanup? Who will Hu allow to represent the fishermen and tourism operators who will sue to recover lost income over this? Will Hu freeze oil drilling in its tracks? How much Dawn detergent will be used to clean how many birds? Will the CEO’s head roll figuratively, like Heyward’s, or will it really roll!?

I’m pretty sure this article will disappear from the truthdig website tout de suite.

Ready. Set. Roll out the double standards truthdiggers!

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