July 19, 2010
China responds to massive spill
Xinhua reports that over 500 fishing boats today joined a massive oil spill clean-up operation underway off the coast of northeastern China's Dalian City, three days after pipelines exploded near the city's oil reserve base, one of China's largest.
A dark-brown oil slick has stretched over at least 183 square kilometers of ocean near Xingang port, with 50 square kilometers severely polluted.
Strong winds help contain the severely polluted area Sunday, Luan Yuxuan, deputy director of Dalian City's Oceanic and Fishery Administration, said Monday, according to Xinhua.
Officials said they did not know the exact amount of oil spilled into the sea.