Residents Evacuated After Sinopec Oil Leak in Guizhou: Xinhua

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. whose pipeline is at the center of a blast that killed at least 55 people last week, had another pipeline leak yesterday in southwest China’s Guizhou province, causing the evacuation of residents, the official Xinhua News Agency reported today.

The accident was caused by a falling crane hitting one of China Petroleum, or Sinopec’s, pipes, at a high-speed railway construction site, Xinhua reported, without saying where it got the information. The crane “damaged Sinopec’s fuel pipeline and caused a gasoline leak,” according to Xinhua. The Guizhou government has evacuated all residents within two square kilometers of the leak, Xinhua said.

Xinhua said the incident occurred around 10 p.m. in the province’s Pingba region. Three calls to Sinopec spokesman Lv Dapeng’s office line and mobile phone seeking comment went unanswered today.

Operations have been suspended on part of the Shanghai-Kunming railway connecting the cities of Guiyang and Anshun, Xinhua reported. Local government is investigating the accident, it said.

Twenty-two passenger trains between the cities have been delayed because of the accident, according to a statement on the provincial government’s website.

Chinese authorities detained seven people from Sinopec, Asia’s biggest refiner, after the Nov. 22 explosion in Qingdao in eastern China, according to the local government’s website.

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