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Crude oil leak blamed for China water contamination BEIJING: A crude oil leak from a pipeline owned by a unit of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) is to blame for water contamination that has affected more than 2.4 million people in the Chinese city of Lanzhou, media reported on Saturday.The official Xinhua news agency cited Yan Zijiang, Lanzhou's environmental protection chief, as saying that a leak in a pipeline owned by Lanzhou Petrochemical Co., a unit of CNPC, was to blame for the water contamination.The leak poisoned the water source for a water plant, introducing hazardous levels of benzene into the city's water, he told Xinhua.Levels of benzene, a cancer-inducing chemical, in Lanzhou's tapwater on Friday rose 20 times above national safety levels, Lanzhou authorities said in a statement. The high benzene levels forced the city to turn off the water supply in one district and city officials warned citizens not to drink tapwater for the next 24 ...
Oil company blamed for toxic tap water in China: Xinhua BEIJING: A Chinese oil giant was to blame for a toxic leak that contaminated tap water in a northwestern city, leading panicked residents to clear stores of bottled water, state media said Saturday.Tests conducted on Thursday and Friday showed that tap water in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, had as much as 200 micrograms of the toxic chemical benzene per litre -- 20 times the national limit -- the official Xinhua news agency said, ...
Crude oil prices fall further in Asia SINGAPORE: Oil prices extended losses in Asian trade Friday as data showing a slowdown in China's giant economy sparked concerns about weak demand.Expectations that Libyan oil will return to the market after rebels lifted a blockade of crude terminals also helped push prices lower, analysts said.New York's main contract West Texas Intermediate for May delivery eased 16 cents to $103.24 a barrel in mid-morning trade while Brent North Sea crude tumbled 12 cents to $107.34 ...
Crude oil prices fall further in Asia SINGAPORE: Oil prices extended losses in Asian trade Friday as data showing a slowdown in China's giant economy sparked concerns about weak demand.Expectations that Libyan oil will return to the market after rebels lifted a blockade of crude terminals also helped push prices lower, analysts said.New York's main contract West Texas Intermediate for May delivery eased 33 cents to $103.07 a barrel in afternoon trade while Brent North Sea crude dipped 24 cents to $107.22 ...
Brent dips towards $107 on weak China trade data SINGAPORE: Brent futures eased towards $107 a barrel on Thursday on weak China trade data and as investors booked profits after gains of 2 percent in the past two days. The losses though were stemmed by optimism over a healthier demand growth outlook from the Asian giant and the United States. China's exports unexpectedly fell for the second straight month in March and import growth dropped sharply, intensifying concerns about weak manufacturing and slowing growth ...

 





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