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Chad: China's CNPC suspended for environmental harm

Date: 16 Aug 2013

Oil in Sudan

The Chinese state-run oil frim China National Petroleum Corporation has been suspended from operating in Chad following an oil spill in sites near to forest. The government has not said how long the suspension will remain in effect.

The oil minister told the BBC that the damage caused by the spill was "a very serious situation, it's intolerable."

According to the government, the Chinese company had dug trenches and allowed oil to flow into them, and said that managers at the company needed to be held responsible.

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