Oil Pipeline Explodes in China, Killing 35 & Setting the Ocean on Fire

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  •                           Oil Pipeline Explodes in China, Killing 35 and Setting the Ocean on Fire
Andrew Breiner
Think Progress / News Report
Published: Friday 22 November 2013
The underground pipeline’s explosion opened a hole in the road that swallowed at least one truck, according to Reuters, and oil seeped into utility pipes under Qingdao. Gas and oil exploded and caught fire over the sea.

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An oil pipeline exploded in Qingdao in China on Friday, killing 35 people and injuring 166 by the latest count. The explosion spilled oil into the ocean, and temporarily shut down one of China’s largest crude import terminals.

The pipeline is owned by Sinopec Corp, China’s largest oil refiner, and connects Huangdao to Weifang in the northeastern province of Shandong. It began leaking oil into Qingdao’s streets and port early Friday morning. The pipeline was shut off about 15 minutes after the leak began, and workers began repairs…

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