Deadly Gas Pipeline Explosion in China

Working in the energy industry in China can be a dark and dangerous affair. Long hours and low pay aren’t the only things to worry about, either. Recently more and more lives have been claimed in workplace accidents.

Firefighters battle a fire on September 22, 2011 in Shanghai, China. A dig broke a gas pipeline at a construction site, causing explosion and fire. (Photo: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

A gas pipeline explosion in China’s northeastern city of Songyuan killed 5 people and injured 89 on July 4, 2017.

It follows a similar accident on July 2, 2017 in southwest China’s Qinglong County killed 8 people and injured 35. State-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CPNC) owned the site of that explosion.

Around 260 people have died from gas or chemical explosions in CPNC’s plants since 2003.

(Photo: LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

But China has been cleaning up its act, right? Investing in electric cars, clean energy initiatives and even adorable panda solar farms.

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