Oil Spill in China

On Friday, two oil pipelines exploded while an oil tanker was unloading outside Dalian City, China. The spill covers an area of appr0ximately 71 miles, and low end estimates of the amount of oil spilled are around 1,500 to 1,650 tons of crude oil (or about 11,000-12,500 barrels).  The explosions last for about 15 hours and created flames about 30 meters high (video here).  No people were hurt and the leaks have been stopped, but now the clean up begins.

So in the past couple of months, we have seen the worst oil spill in American history in the Gulf, and oil spill in Salt Lake City, Utah that spilled 785 barrels into streams, parks and backyards, and now this explosion in China.  This is not to mention all the oil spills across the world that escape media attention because they are poorly monitored, like the five decades of oil spills in Nigeria.  Oh, and don’t forget the 27,000 abandoned and unmonitored oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

These are not isolated incidents.  They are symptoms of an energy system that is inherently unsafe and unstable.  Disasters like these will continue to to occur, unless we actually start to get off oil.

6 Responses to “Oil Spill in China”


  1. 1 nickengelfried Jul 19th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    The fossil fuel disasters just keep piling up! Now China and the US, the world’s two largest carbon emitting countries are both suffering from the effects of major oil spills. Maybe these two nations should think about leading the way in a real clean energy revolution?

  2. 2 Credzba Jul 20th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    China already leads the world in solar panel manufacture, and has plans to utilize those panels to reduce its dependency on fossil fuel.
    China is at least TRYING to change it’s dependency, while the USA is making excuses.

    What happened to the idea of spurring our economy though projects that would help the infrastructure? I saw lots of handouts, but I must have missed the news article where we were spending billions on solar or wind energy jobs and manufacture?
    Perhaps I missed the billions spent on infrastructure?

    I should read the news more diligently.

  3. 3 Erica Jul 22nd, 2010 at 12:34 am

    i agree that the U.S.A is doing little to nothing but then again we have a greed infested government that when it comes to taking the blame and getting something done about it no one heeds to the call. I truly hate it when people say horrible things about the U.S. but then i try to looking at it form a different view point and understand. Some how before all of this is over a good man will fall the only one who is trying to stop this. I thank Obama for what he is doing but he could not come at a worst possible time even if hell was freezing over.I wish America was this great beautiful paradise but it is only those things to those have have money and power. This oil spill will hopefully be the tipping point for some changes but if it is not we will not only doom ourselfs but those around us.

  4. 4 Matt Jul 24th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I couldn’t agree more- The two largest carbon emitters are now facing simultaneous disasters, and China is at least trying to do something. China is the world’s largest solar panel, PV producer, and soon they’re going to be the world’s largest Electric Vehicle, EV producer. The only thing I’ve seen of the US infrastructure investment here in NH is newer roads, fancier sidewalks and crosswalks, but nothing to up energy efficiency. But hey, I am now choosing to look at it this way: We can’t wait for an order to come down from the top, “OK, now… GO!!! Go America, start saving energy!” Uh-uh, we need to take the bull by the horns ourselves, in whichever way we can. There are many ways to get involved and do small things. Hundreds of millions of people doing small things will make a change. I have noticed most houses around here have some sort of garden now, and a lot of people are getting chickens for their own eggs. I know this isn’t possible in all locales, but you can choose to find a local farm so that your food doesn’t have to travel as far. The food is more delicious, you’ll be supporting your neighbor’s (and therefore your local community’s) economy, and lowering the amount of trucking needed for food shipping. PLUS- it’s generally much healthier! Ride a bike instead of driving whenever possible, carpool, combine errands into one trip… Whenever your current car craps the bed, buy a more fuel efficient one instead, or an electric if you feel it will suit your needs. There is plenty we can be doing. Once the people start doing it because they believe in it, it is called a grassroots movement. Once there is a movement, there’s little stopping it.

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Juliana Williams grew up in Washington state and began organizing at Whitman College in 2004, working to get her campus to purchase renewable energy. She volunteered with the Sierra Student Coalition and help found the Cascade Climate Network. Following that, she lived in Iowa for two years, working as the SSC's Great Plains Organizer with amazing students in MN, IA, MO, NE and SD. After working with the Breakthrough Institute she is now pursuing her Master of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. She is an avid ultimate player, plays string bass and spends way too much time on wikipedia.

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