Residents of Lanzhou queue for water yesterday. Mainland media questioned why city officials waited 18 hours after tests before warning the public. Photo: Xinhua

Gansu tap water contamination blamed on oil pipeline leak

Cause of contamination that forced millions to turn off their taps traced to CNPC subsidiary's pipeline leaking industrial chemical benzene

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Residents of Lanzhou queue for water yesterday. Mainland media questioned why city officials waited 18 hours after tests before warning the public. Photo: Xinhua
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.