Environmental Issues With Petroleum

Oil spill clean-up declared inadequate

US oil and gas company ConocoPhillips has done little to clean up an oil spill in the Bohai Sea more than two months after it was first reported, an investigation by the State Oceanic Administration has found.

Sunday, 7 August, 2011, 12:00am

More information needed on oil spill

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year made clear to governments and companies that secrecy, stalling, poor communication, downplaying bad news and lack of preparedness combine to make environmental disasters worse. It was a lesson the central government appeared to have taken on board just months later when faced with China's worst such disaster, at a refinery in Dalian.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Beaches shut by oil spill

Cafeteria Old Beach and Cafeteria New Beach in Tuen Mun have been closed since yesterday until further notice due to a minor oil spill.

22 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

How are oil spills cleaned up? Is it true that scientists use bacteria to eat up spills? There are several methods by which a spill is cleaned up and the damage caused kept to a minimum. The four most common methods include containment, recovery and dispersal.

5 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Probably at emergency

I refer to the article headlined, 'Over and . . . out of the office altogether' which appeared in Lai See on August 13.

It appears that Simon Pritchard had called the number 2815 0100 which is publicised by this department for reporting complaints in relation to floating rubbish.

16 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Oil spillage

TWO men were thrown into Victoria Harbour as their barge carrying 16 tonnes of diesel oil sank off the Western public cargo area, causing an oil spillage. Divers plugged the pipes of the Hong Kong-registered Ruby Three, while the Marine Department's Pollution Control Unit cleaned up the 10 by 10-metre spill. The crew managed to swim aboard a nearby barge.

20 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Russia lacks funds: MPCSA

SINCE the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the Russian Federation has been updating its response plans for salvaging and containing oil spills, but lacks the necessary funds to buy more equipment.

16 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Unitor wins Swedish oil control job

UNITOR has won an order for four oil bags for the Swedish Coast Guard (Kustbevakningen) following its success in a US$1 million contract to supply oil bags to protect the coastline of Alaska.

The Swedish contract, worth about $130,000, involves one 100 cubic metre and three 25 cubic metre oil bags plus installation and training.

1 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Media action call

SHIPPING lines should be capable of responding to media inquiries in a maritime crisis within two hours of the incident to minimise fuss and mis-reporting, says a London-based company executive.

Managing director of City Marketing Patrick Adamson said an analysis of two recent oil spills showed that response to the media took nearly 24 hours after the incident.

4 Aug 1993 - 12:00am