Thursday, July 22, 2010


Posted by: Roxxanne Roxxanne

This can’t be life…

According to MSNBC, last Friday (7/16) China experienced its largest oil spill in history.

The spill occurred when a pipeline owned by China National Petroleum Corp., Asia's biggest oil and gas producer by volume, exploded. No information as to what caused the explosion has been uncovered, but information regarding the size of the spill have begun to be exposed.

Wednesday (7/21) reports surfaced that the spill had doubled in size.  
China Central Television earlier reported an estimate of 1,500 tons of oil has spilled. That would amount roughly to 400,000 gallons (1,500,000 liters) — as compared with 94 million to 184 million gallons in the BP oil spill off the U.S. coast.

The oil is said to be a mixture of half-solid and half liquid and “is as sticky as asphalt." Efforts to cleanup up the spill include straw mats and workers equipped with rubber gloves*Lil Jon voice* WHAT? WHAT? *side-eye* OK!

The spill has also had a fatal affect as it has already claimed the life of at least one person. Zhang Liang, a 25-year-old firefighter assisting with the cleanup, drowned on Tuesday (7/20) when a wave threw him from a vessel.

President Hu Jintao cleanup goal is ambitious to say the least. The President remarked,
"Our priority is to collect the spilled oil within five days to reduce the possibility of contaminating international waters."
The AP is reporting that the pipeline that exploded and caused the oil spill has resumed operations. 

This is a victory since the due to the pipeline explosion the oil shipments have been reduced from part of China's strategic oil reserves to the rest of the country.

To add to the good news, reports coming out of China state that more than 400 tons of oil have been cleaned up since 9 a.m. yesterday (7/21).

However, the most significant effects of the spill maybe yet to come. 

Zhao Zhangyuan, a researcher with the China Environmental Science Research Institute, told the Shanghai Morning News earlier this week that the ecological harm from the spill could last a decade. Zhao said,
"[t]he most critical is the effect on people, the effect on health because the decomposing oil will produce some carcinogenic substances that could move along the food chain to humans."
In related news, check out this PSA of stars like Sandra Bullock, Lenny Kravitz, Drew Brees and more lending their voice to encourage people to help restore the Gulf Coast, after the break!

Sandra Bullock will be appearing in a new PSA entitled, “Restore The Gulf,” which encourages people to speak to government regarding the critical state of the Gulf Coast in light of the BP oil spill.

Check out the PSA which includes appearances by Lenny Kravitz, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning (I don’t know whose head is more deformed looking and whose hairline is more receding Brees or Manning…good god!) Dave Matthews, Alfre Woodard, John Goodman, Blake Lively, Chef Emerald, Wendell Pierce (Bunk from The Wire) and more!

For more information on how you can help spread the word, click here

Photo credit (oil spill): AP

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