Oil Spills

August 6, 2010

America has more in common with China than most think—oil spills. 

MSNBC reports about the Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. After an April explosion that killed eleven workers, BP’s deep water well spilled as much as 184 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Fishing industries and tourism has been devastated while oil washes ashore turning beaches black with goo.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that China is struggling to recover from their worst oil spill ever.

China is new to this type of disaster and yet, they quickly mobilized an army of volunteers and anglers to help clean the pollution from the area around the port of Dalian, one of China’s most important strategic oil reserves.

China’s oil spill came from an explosion in an oil pipeline.  Witnesses report that China may have responded faster than the US did for the British Petroleum spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The pipeline that exploded belonged to China National Petroleum Corporation, Asia’s biggest oil and gas producer by volume.  Source: Uncoverage.net

This is the price for being a modern nation where so many depend on oil for electricity and transportation.

See China’s Oil Hunger Grows


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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