China court rejects oil spill lawsuit against state agency

The State Oceanic Administration allowed ConocoPhillips to resume production after oil spills in June 2011 at the offshore Penglai field. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese court has dismissed a legal action against the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) for allowing US oil major ConocoPhillips to resume production after spills off northern China, an official said on Thursday.

Thursday, 15 August, 2013, 11:04am

Beijing warns Shandong fishermen against suing ConocoPhillips over Bohai oil spill

Observers at Bohai Bay, site of an oil leak. Photo: Xinhua

Five hundred fishermen in Shandong who are suing US oil firm ConocoPhillips in Texas for compensation after an oil spill in Bohai Bay have come under pressure from Beijing to drop the lawsuit, as they "have embarrassed some officials", representatives of the group say.

3 Apr 2013 - 5:41am

PetroChina links with US firm ConocoPhillips for gas exploration

PetroChina is increasing its Western Australian footprint with the purchase of 20 per cent of Poseidon gas field, and 29 per cent of Goldwyer. Photo: Xinhua

PetroChina has agreed to invest in two natural gas exploration projects in Western Australia in partnership with the US oil major ConocoPhillips, with the two companies also joining hands to explore for shale rock gas in south-west China.

22 Feb 2013 - 5:27am

Oil spill payout lacks transparency

A billion yuan is a number too big for many of us to comprehend, but it is minuscule if linked to the massive oil spill that contaminated northeast China's Bohai Bay and the coasts of Hebei and Shandong provinces last year.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

1.2b yuan payout for oil spill 'an insult'

State-owned oil giant CNOOC and US partner ConocoPhillips have reached a 1 billion yuan (HK$1.23 billion) compensation deal with China's Ministry of Agriculture over last year's Bohai Sea oil spill.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Oilfield shut down as 'punishment'

Mainland marine authorities have ordered the immediate suspension of all oil production at platforms in Penglai 19-3, China's biggest offshore oilfield.

The move is to punish its US operator, ConocoPhillips, for failing to meet an official deadline to seal leaks and clean up after a series of spills.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Bad weather delays Bohai clean-up report

Marine authorities yesterday began checking ConocoPhillips' sealing of leaks and clean-up of oil spills in the Bohai Sea, but bad weather prevented them from delivering a report yesterday as some officials had expected.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

US oil firm makes final clean-up of spills off Shandong

US oil company ConocoPhillips scrambled yesterday to meet a deadline imposed by China to finish cleaning up oil spills in Bohai Bay.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

U.S. oil firm warned over spill clean-up

The State Oceanic Administration has vowed to take further action against US oil company ConocoPhillips China if it finds oil left over from previous spills or new leaks at a Bohai Sea oilfield next month.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

U.S. oil firm faces Bohai spill claims

American oil company ConocoPhillips China may soon face compensation claims from mainland marine authorities over oil spills in the Bohai Sea.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

US oil firm admits spill was bigger than it said

The American operator of troubled oil platforms in Bohai Bay has admitted that the total amount of oil that leaked around its rigs was more than double its original estimates, amid mounting criticism from marine authorities that the company has yet to offer a permanent solution to the problem.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Lessons not learned from past scandals

The oil spills off the coast of Shandong in the mouth of the Bohai Sea are a major scandal enveloping not just the owners of China's largest offshore oilfield but also the country's marine environmental watchdog.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Cause of offshore oil spill still unknown

The causes of oil spills from China's largest offshore oilfield remain unidentified six weeks after the first leak, oceanic authorities say. They warn that more spills are possible.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

US oil giant told to stop operations as anger mounts

Mainland marine authorities lambasted US oil giant ConocoPhillips yesterday for being slack and ineffective in containing two major oil spills in Bohai Bay. They ordered the company to halt its operations in the nation's largest offshore oilfield amid mounting public anger.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Petroleum giant's image tarnished over accidents

The Bohai Bay oil spills are a black eye for operator ConocoPhillips and majority project owner China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

For CNOOC investors, the worry is the impact on the field's production - and what the spills might do to the company's image of being the most transparent of the mainland's three state-controlled oil firms.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am