In this Friday, April 11, 2014 photo, a woman, center, tries to carry a pack of bottled water she bought as people line up to buy bottled water in the northwestern city of Lanzhou, Gansu province, China. (AP Photo)
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A crude oil leak from a pipeline owned by a unit of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) is to blame for water contamination that has affected more than 2.4 million people in the Chinese city of Lanzhou, media reported on Saturday.The official Xinhua news agency cited Yan Zijiang, Lanzhou's environmental protection chief, as saying that a leak in a pipeline owned by Lanzhou Petrochemical Co., a unit of CNPC, was to blame for the water contamination.The leak poisoned the water source for a water plant, introducing hazardous levels of benzene into the city's water, he told Xinhua.By late Saturday morning, Xinhua said benzene levels were confirmed safe at five out of the six water monitoring sites.
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