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Flaw in the Pearl
On July 16, heavy crude oil was spilled into Dalian's coastal waters, the result of two oil pipeline explosions that rocked the port. At the end of July, clean-up operations had been basically completed, normal services at the port had been resumed
Out of a Slick Shadow

With beautiful scenery and many famous tourist attractions, Dalian is a very popular tourist destination. Summer is the peak time for the city's tourism industry. However, on July 16, two oil pipelines attached to an oil storage tank exploded at the Xingang Port, dumping 1,500 tons of crude oil into the waters off Dalian, greasing fears about the local environment and life

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Slippery Situation
Two weeks after an oil pipeline explosion on July 16 in Dalian, the coastal city is still trying to minimize the ecological impact on the environment and boost local tourism, aquatic farms and fisheries out of its shadow
Environmental Concerns after Dalian Oil Spill
Dalian Harbour Resumes Full Operation
Oil Clean-Up Continues in Dalian
Blasts Hit Oil Pipelines in Dalian

At 6:20 p.m. on July 16, an explosion hit an oil pipeline 0.9 meters in diameter and triggered an adjacent smaller pipeline to explode near Xingang Port, Dalian.

On July 17, the oil spill cleanup operation started.

On July 20, maritime authorities lifted a partial ban on maritime traffic at Dalian.

On July 22, CNPC said the exploded pipeline connecting Xingang Port and its Dalian Petrochemicals resumed normal operation; the first oil tanker berthed at Xingang Port since the blasts.

On July 23, the State Administration of Work Safety and Ministry of Public Security released the results of a joint investigation.

On July 29, Xingang Port resumed full operations.

(Source: Xinhua News Agency)

City of Dalian
With the Yellow Sea on the east, Bohai Sea on the west, Dalian is the marine gateway of north China
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