China’s Oil Spill Spreading, but Still Miniscule Compared to the Gulf

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People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers place protective booms to control the spread of leaked crude oil at a beach in Dalian, Liaoning

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Environmental disaster, take two.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that Wednesday was a washout for workers attempting to contain the Far East’s oil spill. The estimated size of the ecocentric catastrophe on the shores of Northeast China has doubled, spanning across 165 miles of water. (See photos of China fighting its oil spill.)

Despite the setback, China’s spill remains relatively small. The current U.S. headache in the Gulf of Mexico stretches across roughly 2,700 square miles of water, requiring a whopping 5,600 vessels to clean up the destruction.

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