By Jonathan Watts
13 July 2011
Government intervenes as ConocoPhillips rigs pose ‘huge threat to oceanic ecological environment’
China has ordered US oil company ConocoPhillips to halt drilling at two leaking oil platforms in the Bohai Sea, with a warning that further spills posed “a huge threat to the oceanic ecological environment”.
The injunction comes amid rising public anger over a slick that has spread at least 840 sq km, despite corporate reassurances that the situation was under control and government delays in releasing information.[snip]
“There has been oil seeping continuously into the sea for days from platforms B and C in the Penglai 19-3 oil field and there is still a slick in the surrounding marine areas,” the administration said in a statement. “Another spill could happen at any time, which [poses] a huge threat to the oceanic ecological environment.”