Image Source: Flickr. By: Nozomiiqel.

Image Source: Flickr. By: Nozomiiqel.

At the beginning of the year, thousands of gallons (liters) of oil made their way from a burst pipe to China’s Yellow River (Huang He). Now, it may happen again.

Nearly 1,000 tons of oil sludge made its way through the Luohe River and across farmland in the Shaanxi province. The oil came from a collapsed recycling pool at a sewage treatment plant. Thus far, over 2,000 people have pitched in to clean up the mess and 8 containment belts are currently set up downstream from the spill.

Local government official, Wang Hongli, said:

“At present, the sludge in the river has been effectively controlled and we will make efforts to clean up the contamination in the farmland and valley.”

Further updates will be posted as things happen.


Lead image by YourLocalDave (source: Flickr)