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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on October 23rd, 2012 at 3:27 am

Korean Left Brings Up Old Issue of the Yongsan Oil Leak Before Elections

You know it is election season when the Korean left has pull out this issue once again about the big, bad US-ROK SOFA:

Picture from the Hankyoreh.

Underground water near the U.S. military’s Camp Kim in Seoul has been found to be contaminated with harmful components of crude oil, data from the Seoul city government showed Tuesday.

Samples of ground water gathered from March-November 2011 from outer regions of Camp Kim, located adjacent to Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, had total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) levels as high as 1,436.8 milligram per liter, about 958 times the allowable level of 1.5 ㎎/ℓ, according to the Seoul city data, obtained by Democratic United Party lawmaker Jang Ha-na.

Harmful chemicals in THP include hexane and benzene as well as other constituents of gasoline and other petroleum products.

In addition to the highest TPH level detected, the samples also showed TPH levels ranging from 328.5 ㎎/ℓ to 507.6 ㎎/ℓ, the data said.

The samples show TPH levels far exceeding the allowable level for purification, the city report said. “Contaminated underground water (samples) tended to be located near where Camp Kim’s underground oil tanks used to be in the past,” it said.

“Under the current version of the Status of Forces Agreement (with the U.S.), it’s hard to launch even a basic contamination survey or to gain access to related information in the case of a pollution case being detected in a U.S. military camp unless the U.S. military volunteers to cooperate,” the lawmaker said.  [Yonhap]

This issue is not something new and is over 10 years old, but the Korean left likes to pull it out of their playbook when politically expedient.  You can read more about this issue at this prior ROK Drop posting.

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  • Jimbob
    5:22 am on October 23rd, 2012 1

    So what? Let’s go take samples of the water from the Han, or air samples from *anywhere* in the city in December. Better yet, let’s go take a ride on any line on the subway and see how many ajoushi and ajumma are hacking, coughing, and spitting all over the place. And you’re worried about a little oil in the soil beneath a tiny swatch of military base? Pfft, piss off.

  • tbonetylr
    6:22 am on October 23rd, 2012 2

    Are there any English blogs out there against the U.S. military in S.Korea or should I start one?
    The one below isn’t exactly what I was looking for but…
    Romney’s Military Advisors Work for Corporate-Welfare Defense Contractors

  • Kingkitty
    4:59 pm on October 23rd, 2012 3

    Who is to say they didn’t create their own sample for effect. Oh no that would be dishonest. Koreans would never do anything dishonest or fraudulent.

  • Teadrinker
    5:27 pm on October 23rd, 2012 4

    Any studies yet to see if there’s any lead and cadmium being dumped all over the peninsula by the many smelters here? The government in my home province in Canada was covering up the figures for years. Turns out one smelter contaminated an area that’s equivalent to half the size of South Korea. How many smelters are there in South Korea?

  • Baek In-je
    10:34 pm on October 23rd, 2012 5

    Haters gonna hate.
    Drink up a nice big glass of Kimchee juice H8oraide, b!tches.

  • Teadrinker
    6:10 am on October 24th, 2012 6

    Shouldn’t they be arrested for littering? ;-)

  • Teadrinker
    6:12 am on October 24th, 2012 7


    Pointing out the environmental cover up is not hating. You must be one of those people who actually believes the government reports that airborne dust particles are within the normal range even when you can see an orange hue at the horizon and a fine layer of black sooth has settled over your car overnight.


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