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China Dalian oil spill cleaned 9 days after accident

Sun, 07/25/2010 - 11:27pm
Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Nearly 8,000 workers and hundreds of fishing boats have managed to clean up the oil spill off the major northern Chinese port Dalian, nine days after a pipeline blast leaked 1,500 metric tons of heavy crude into the sea.

"By 6 p.m. (6 a.m. ET) yesterday, the oil spill has been all removed and the slick has basically been cleaned...the contamination has not spread to international waters or the Bohai Sea," the official Dalian Daily cited government officials as saying on Monday.

Around the same time Dalian reopened two berths at its Xingang oil terminal, each able to dock 150,000 dead weight tonnage tankers and 80,000 dwt vessels, Dalian Port Co, which owns part of the facilities, said on Sunday.

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