Satellite Images Show Traces of Oil Leakage
Oil was still found leaking at the Penglai 19-3 oil field with a recent satellite image feed showing a fresh oil slick coming form the area where that previous oil leak occured. Supervisors from the State Oceanic Administration and China Marine Surveillance went to check the oil leak site.
The supervisors are now asking ConocoPhilips China, the oil field operator to give an explanation on why there is still oil leaking from the site. Penglai 19-3 oil field is the largest offshore oil field in China, and ConocoPhilips owns 49 percent with the rest owned by China National Offshore Oil Corp.
The first oil leaks were discovered last June but neither company gave a detailed report or explanation on what happened. The State Oceanic Administration said that on July 5th, the first oil leaks came from Platform B and were caused by increased pressure when water was injected into the well. The second oil leak came from platform C that resulted from a surge in the well.
Because of the leaks, seaweed and fish were found dead, though the reason for the deaths was not certain as traces of petroleum in their bodies were within safety standards. Several environmental organizations are planning to file a lawsuit over the leaks, which will focus on the cleanup of the oil leak, recovery of the polluted sea area and compensation.