Oil Spill

The calls for legal action against Thailand's largest petrochemical producer have grown louder as tourists have been evacuated from parts of the tourist island of Ko Samet. Bangkok-based Greenpeace Southeast Asia and the Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA), have demanded that state agencies sue PTT Global Chemical for Saturday's oil spill. An estimated 50,000 liters of oil has leaked from an offshore pipeline operated by a subsidiary of the company.
A South Korean court has awarded compensation of KRW151.4 billion (USD694 million) payout to victims of the country's worst oil spill, which fouled miles of coast land in 2007, decimating local fishing and tourism industries, according to a report by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Although a record for environmental accidents in South Korea, the payout is far less than the KRW4.2 trillion originally sought by some 120,000 affected residents and businesses and is expected to be challenged within the next two weeks.
Environmental authorities have mapped out a three-year plan for the restoration of Bohai Bay, which was severely damaged by oil spills last year, China's ocean watchdog has announced.
US energy giant ConocoPhillips China and its partner the China National Offshore Oil Corp have agreed to pay 1.68 billion yuan (USD267 million) for the oil leaks off northern Bohai Bay, China's maritime watchdog announced on Friday.
Authorities in south China's Guangdong Province were working yesterday to clean an oil spill on the Xijiang River which threatens drinking water to the southern city of Jiangmen, home to four million people.
A group of 204 aquatic farmers in Tuoji Island, in China’s Shandong Province want oil giant ConocoPhillips to pay 606 million yuan (USD96 million) in compensation for losses caused by oil leaks in Bohai Bay last June, according to a report in the Global Times.
Maritime safety officials warn that China's coastline is increasingly at risk of oil spills and pollution from the booming offshore drilling and more frequent oil shipping, according to a Xinhua report.
A maritime court in the northern coastal city of Tianjin yesterday accepted a case of compensation claims from aquaculture farmers who believe the oil leaked from the ConocoPhillips-operated oil field platforms in Bohai Sea resulted in their businesses losses.
China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) said Thursday it has filed an application to the Ministry of Civil Affairs for registration of a marine environmental fund following a string of oil spills at Bohai Bay.
Following the disasterous oil spill off the city of Dalian last year, the boss of the state-run CNPC oil firm has been officially told off. Chairman Jiang Jiemin was given a disciplinary warning by the State Council, something that rarely happens.