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Sinopec pipeline leak cuts off water supplies in Eastern China

26 February 2013

Local authorities shut off water supplies in Yongxiu County, in Jiangxi Province, Eastern China, after a leak from an oil products pipeline run by a subsidiary of Sinopec, Xinhua reported on February 25.

About 60,000 people were affected. The oil products pipeline runs from the river port of Jiujiang to Zhangshu, in the southern part of Jiangxi province. The pipeline has also been turned off, Xinhua said.

Industrial water pollution is a recurring problem for growing Chinese cities in need of clean drinking water. Early this year, drinking water in the northern industrial city of Handan was cut off following a chemical spill in a city upstream five days before.

In 2005, an explosion at a petrochemical plant in northeastern China released a benzene slick 80 kilometers long into the Songhua River, that polluted drinking water for cities throughout Northeast China and Siberia.

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