05 Sep '11, 5am

US oil giant tried to cover up spill: China paper #green

BEIJING (AFP) - One of China's most influential newspapers on Monday accused the US oil giant behind a huge spill off the country's east coast of trying to cover up the disaster. The strongly-worded article in the People's Daily - the mouthpiece of the Communist Party - said ConocoPhillips had displayed 'indifference' to the damage to the environment and issued misleading statements over the spill. On Friday, the marine watchdog ordered the company to halt operations at its Penglai 19-3 oilfield, China's biggest and the source of the leak into Bohai Bay that has caused public anger. ConocoPhillips, which says the equivalent of 3,200 barrels have leaked into the sea, said on Sunday it was working to halt its operations at the field in a 'safe and timely manner and in a way that preserves the field's operating integrity.'

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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