China: Toxic petrochemical leak shuts down water system serving 4 million in Harbin

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25 November 2005

China petroleum sued for polluting river

Author: Xinhua

A Harbin citizen filed a lawsuit against the subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), which is held accountable for polluting Songhua River, the city's major water source, here Thursday...Ding asked for a compensation of 15 yuan (less than two dollars) and a formal apology...Deputy general manager of CNPC, Zeng Yukang, has apologized openly for the polluting the Songhua River Thursday, but Ding insisted that an apology after the adjudication of the court is more than necessary.

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Author: Agence France Presse

Le 13 novembre, une usine pétrochimique chinoise [exploitée par PetroChina] a explosé faisant cinq morts tout en déversant dans les eaux du fleuve Songhua du benzène, un produit chimique très toxique

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24 November 2005

PetroChina says has 'guilty conscience' over toxic spill [China]

Author: AFX

PetroChina Co said it had a 'guilty conscience' as a result of a toxic spill in northeastern China and it vowed to work with authorities in the clean up and an investigation...Nowhere in its release did PetroChina say specifically that it was legally responsible for the blast, however. PetroChina's state-run parent company China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said earlier today it has an obligation to solve the water contamination problems caused by the explosion, the Xinhua news agency reported...The statements by the companies and the environmental authorities came 11 days after the incident. Initially, officials of CNPC had denied that the Jilin Petroleum and Chemical Co plant, where the explosion occurred, had any connection to the listed PetroChina.

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24 November 2005

PetroChina Will Strengthen Its Operational Safety and Environmental Protection Based on the Lessons Learnt from the Accident

Author: PetroChina

PetroChina feels deeply sorry for the serious impact on local community resulting from the accident. In order to protect the people's interests, PetroChina as a responsible company has been actively and consciously managing the follow-up work after the accident, and closely cooperating with local government on contamination prevention and control as well as maintaining social stability...The PetroChina spokesperson said that the company's next step will be to focus on implementing current and new government regulations on operational safety and environmental protection.

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23 November 2005

Toxic Leak Shuts Down Chinese City

Author: AP

A Chinese city of 3.8 million people [Harbin] was digging 100 new wells Wednesday after shutting down its water system to protect residents from toxic benzene spewed into a river by an explosion at a chemical factory.

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