Wastewater and oil leak reported at CPC facility

UNREACTIVE? The ‘Apple Daily’ reported that locals had complained about smelly groundwater since last month, but the utility did not confirm it until Sunday

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 05, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

A leak of nearly 5,000 liters of wastewater contaminated with oil was reported at a CPC Corp, Taiwan mine

Wastewater containing oil sits in a pool at CPC Corp, Taiwan’s Tiejhen Mountain mine in Miaoli County’s Tongsiao Township yesterday.  Photo: Cheng Ming-hsiang, Taipei Times

in Miaoli County’s Tongsiao Township (通霄) yesterday, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said, adding that an investigation was under way to determine how much oil was involved and what area has been affected.

The leak was reported at the state-run oil refiner’s Tiejhen Mountain (鐵砧山) mine, which taps natural gas reserves, EPA Soil and Groundwater Remediation Fund Management Board section head Chen Yi-hsin (陳以新) said.

A pipe broke, leaking wastewater and some light fuel, Chen said.

Locals have reported smelling oil in groundwater since last month, but company personnel did not confirm the reports until greasy and pungent dirt was found in gutters outside the mine after heavy rain on Sunday, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported yesterday.    [FULL  STORY]

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