Chinese Regulator Sued Over Conoco Permit, Global Times Says

China’s State Oceanic Administration was sued for misconduct in allowing ConocoPhilips to resume operations in Bohai Bay after a 2011 oil spill, the state-run Global Times reported, citing a lawyer for the plaintiff.

The case against the State Oceanic Administration is being brought by the All-China Environment Federation, a government supported civil-society organization, the newspaper reported yesterday.

The regulator approved resumption of oil production in February without a public hearing or feasibility studies, Xu Hongliang, a lawyer for the federation, told the Global Times. Beijing’s No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court will decide in seven days whether to accept the case, the newspaper cited Xu as saying.

Calls by Bloomberg News to the State Oceanic Administration and All-China Environment Federation weren’t answered outside normal business hours. The regulator will give a public explanation soon, Li Mousheng, a director at the SOA’s press office, told the newspaper.

A platform operated by ConocoPhilips in northeast China’s Bohai Bay leaked 3,000 barrels of oil and drilling mud in June 2011. ConocoPhilips was ordered to halt production in September 2011. China National Offshore Oil Corp. is ConocoPhilips’ partner in the project.

The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported the legal action citing the Global Times etoday.

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