China: Oil leak at Changquing Oilfield caused by pipeline corrosion affects soil, forest, & people’s health

Author: Huashang Daily, Published on: 27 March 2015

中石油长庆油田发生原油泄漏 数百米山沟变油河, 2015年03月27日

…26日凌晨,中国石油长庆油田分公司第九采油厂发生原油泄漏事故,造成大范围环境污染。据了解,这是该厂3月份发生的第二起原油泄漏事故。

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  大量原油泄漏后,会渗入地表土层致使植物死亡、土地不能耕种,污染河流或海洋导致水生动物缺氧死亡,通过阳光的暴晒而蒸发污染空气,人和动物吸入或皮肤接触大量原油中的有毒物质(包括苯、甲苯和二甲苯等),会引起急性和慢性中毒,甚至有致命危险。

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Translation by Google Translate:

“Crude oil spill in PetroChina Changqing oilfield,” 27 March 2015

…On the morning of the 26th, a crude oil spill accident occurred at the Ninth Oil Production Plant of Changqing Oilfield Company, PetroChina, causing extensive environmental pollution. It is understood that this is the second crude oil spill accident occurred in the plant in March.

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After a large amount of crude oil leaks, it will infiltrate into the surface soil layer, causing the plant to die, the land cannot be cultivated, polluting rivers or oceans, causing aquatic animals to die of oxygen deficiency, evaporating polluted air through sun exposure, human and animal inhalation or skin contact with a large amount of toxic in crude oil. Substances (including benzene, toluene, xylene, etc.) can cause acute and chronic poisoning, even fatal dangers.

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Subsequently, the county environmental protection bureau reported to the relevant departments of Yan'an City, and ordered the operation area to do on-site clean-up work before April 5 and hand over the sludge to qualified units, and do a good job of compensation for the after-effects of the masses. Due to the frequent rupture of the pipeline, the work area is required to stop the pipeline and replace the pipeline. 

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Related companies: PetroChina (part of China National Petroleum Corporation)