Greenpeace Criticizes Dalian Oil Spill Companies for Evading Responsibilities

Press release - 2010-07-25
Greenpeace today expressed their disapproval of the companies responsible for the oil spill in Dalian, China, for shirking their responsibilities and taking inadequate action. Greenpeace calls upon these companies to immediately provide safety measures to the workers and fishermen contributing to the clean up. Greenpeace also calls upon the companies to furnish solid plans of compensation for the losses suffered by the seafood and tourism industries that have been devastatingly affected by this spill.

Greenpeace has witnessed many fishermen and workers laboring on the Dalian oil spill without protection of any sort.

Greenpeace today expressed their disapproval of the companies responsible for the oil spill in Dalian, China, for shirking their responsibilities and taking inadequate action. Greenpeace calls upon these companies to immediately provide safety measures to the workers and fishermen contributing to the clean up. Greenpeace also calls upon the companies to furnish solid plans of compensation for the losses suffered by the seafood and tourism industries that have been devastatingly affected by this spill.

The State Administration of Work Safety confirmed two days ago that the responsibility falls on four companies: PetroChina International Co. Ltd. (Dalian), China National Petroleum Fuel Oil Co. Ltd., TianJin HuiShengDa Petroleum Technology. Ltd., and Q.Pro Inspection & Technical Services Co. Ltd.

Greenpeace Senior Action Coordinator Zhong Yu said, "Unfortunately, so far, none of these companies have even tried to apologize for the oil spill - not for the environmental pollution, and not for the economic losses that the local seafood and tourism industries must now bear. It is appalling they haven't even made efforts to protect those working day and night to clean up the oil."

Greenpeace has witnessed fishermen and workers laboring on the clean up without protection of any sort. Zhong Yu said, "The fishermen and workers have been scooping up oil with no masks, no boots and sometimes no gloves. The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in crude oil do not dissolve easily in water, and the harm done by these toxic chemicals, many of which are known to be carcinogenic, is long lasting. We should be extremely concerned about their health, both now and in the long term."

The U.S. Environmental Proetction Agency has classified seven PAHs as possible human carcinogens, and there are at least a dozen more PAHs known for their carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic properties. In addition, high prenatal exposure to PAHs is associated with lower I.Q.

Today Greenpeace handed out 300 masks to local fishermen and workers. "The very least that these companies could do is to show these people that they care. They must also roll up their sleeves and get out there to clean up the seas alongside the workers. It is vital that as soon as possible they make a solid plan to restore, in the best possible way, the local environment and the ecosystem that is dependent on it."

Other contacts:

Jason Li, Greenpeace Media Officer
+86 1391 105 0690, li.jiange [at] greenpeace [dot] org

Kuang Yin, Photo Editor
+86 010 6554 6931 ext. 167, kuang.yin [at] greenpeace [dot] org

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