Oil on troubled waters

Oil on troubled waters

“It’s more Black than Yellow these days…”

The Chinese expression ‘when the Yellow River flows clear’ is the equivalent of the English saying ‘when pigs fly’: i.e. it’s never going to happen.

Well, the chances of the Yellow River flowing anything close to clear got even less likely last week when news emerged of an oil spill from a PetroChina-owned pipeline. The accident occurred in one of the Yellow River’s major tributaries, the Wei, in Shaanxi province.

The pipeline has since been shut off and an emergency clean-up has been launched.

Nevertheless China’s first environmental disaster of 2010 threatens the water supply of hundreds of thousands of people, reports Xinhua.

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