China’s maritime authority said on Tuesday it had not determined the compensation it would seek for ecological damage caused by a spill at the Bohai Bay oilfield, while it plans to sue the parties responsible for those damages according to state media.
The State Oceanic Administration (SOA), on its website, denied a report by the Economic Information Daily, citing unidentified sources, that the government was considering demanding more than 100 million yuan ($15.6 million) from CNOOC Ltd and ConocoPhillips, which own the oilfield.
"Related work on compensation for ecological damage from the Bohai oil spill is ongoing," the SOA said on its website (www.soa.gov.cn).
"Final compensation has not been fixed," it said, adding that the newspaper report was "untrue."
The North China Sea branch of the SOA will represent the government in suing responsible parties for ecological damages by the oil spill, Xinhua reported.
The oil leak at the Penglai 19-3 oilfield, China’s biggest offshore oil field, which started in June, have polluted 840 square kilometers of water, the SOA has said.
ConocoPhillips China said on Friday that as many as 2,500 barrels of oil and mud had leaked from the oilfield in the Bohai Bay, off the coast of northern China.
The subsidiary of the Houston-based company, which operates the oilfield, said it could not comment on speculation about future actions the SOA may take but was making efforts to finish the clean-up by the end of this month.