Oil spill off the China coast 6 times the size of Singapore (Thank you, China ConocoPhillips!)

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Published on Friday, July 15, 2011 by Agence France Presse
China Oil Spill Six Times Size of Singapore: Govt
by Frederic J. Brown

A huge oil spill off the Chinese coast has now contaminated an area around six times the size of Singapore, state media reported Friday, as the government said it may seek compensation for the leak.

The spill from the oil field, which the United States’ ConocoPhillips operates with China’s state-run oil giant CNOOC, has polluted a total area of almost 4,250 square kilometres (1,650 square miles), government figures showed.

The figures, which were announced on the State Oceanic Administration website earlier this week but only reported on Friday, were almost five times the size of the 840-square-kilometre area previously reported.

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