Pipeline repaired after China oil spill

Photo gallery: Cleaning up water blanketed in thick, dark oil.

Firemen work on a burnt-out oil storage facility in Dalian, in northeast China's Liaoning province.
Chinese firefighters are seen on boats amongst the an oil spill near the coast of Dalian in northeas
Workers move a bag on the beach polluted by crude oil after a pipeline explosion in Dalian, in north
A Chinese worker tries to soak up oil from a spill in the sea near Dalian in northeast China's Liaon
Chinese workers scoop up oil from a spill in the sea near Dalian in northeast China's Liaoning provi
Leaked oil floating off the coast of Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning province.
The surface of a beach covered by the spilled crude oil in Dalian, a coastal city in northeast China
BEIJING — China National Petroleum Corp. said Thursday a vital pipeline has resumed operations after an explosion caused the country's largest reported oil spill.
Cleanup efforts — marred by the drowning death of a worker, his body coated in crude — continued over 165 square mile (430 square kilometer) stretch of water blanketed in thick, dark oil Thursday, after an official warned the spill posed a severe threat to sea life and water quality. The slick emptied beaches as its size doubled Wednesday.
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It remained unclear exactly how much oil has escaped the pipeline six days after it exploded for reasons unknown at a busy northeastern port. State media has said no more oil is leaking into the Yellow Sea.
China Central Television earlier reported an estimate of 1,500 tons of oil has spilled. That would amount roughly to 400,000 gallons (1,500,000 liters) — as compared with 94 million to 184 million gallons in the BP oil spill off the US coast.
Officials, oil company workers and volunteers were turning out by the hundreds to clean blackened beaches, but questions were raised about the effectiveness of the efforts.
The cause of the explosion that started the spill was still not clear. Friday's images of 100-foot-high (30-meter-high) flames at China's second largest port for crude oil imports drew the immediate attention of President Hu Jintao and other top leaders.