Around 20 000 tonnes of diesel oil has leaked into a river inside the Arctic Circle. Russian President, Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency.
A power plant owned by a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, close to the city of Norilsk, had an incident occur where a fuel tank collapsed last Friday, according to BBC News. As a result, the oil spilled out, turning the river red.
#Russia declares state of emergency after massive oil spill in the #ArcticCircle
According to news 20,000 tons of diesel oil was leaked into the river.#Emergency #Russia #VladimirPutin pic.twitter.com/GgIiUKI2px
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BBC reported that Vyacheslav Starostin, the director of the power plant, had been taken into custody and is being kept until 31 July. He has, however, not yet been charged.
Putin, speaking on television on Wednesday 3 June, claimed that he and other officials had only been informed of the spill two days after the incident occurred, according to Business Insider. He emphasised that this was a despicable move by the lead of the company, Sergei Lipin.
“Why did government agencies only find out about this two days after the fact? Are we going to learn about emergency situations from social media?”, he said.
An investigation into the manager at the plant is underway. Per the BBC, a criminal case has been launched, by the Russian Investigative Committee, into the pollution and reported negligence.
TASS, a Russian state media outlet, claims that experts think the spill could result in years worth of damage and harm on the regions environment.
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🤯🤯🤯🥺🥺🥺😱😱😱#амбарка #чп #россия #Норильск #нефть #природа #краснодарскийкрай #новоросс #Новороссийск #nvrsk #река #москва #питер #nature #moscow #рыбалка #fishing #fish #спиннинг #sos #help #russia #всемвсем #внисание #черезвычайноеположение #краснодар#самара#владивосток#урал May 29 at the Nadezhdinsky plant owned by OAO GMK Norilsk Nickel, there was a spill diesel fuel in the soil and the water got more 21 thousand tons of oil products. This is the first accident such a large scale in the polar Arctic. In the country declared a state of emergency at the Federal level. The disaster in Norilsk showed irresponsible attitude of large companies to our nature, this will not continue it can! Environmental control should be enhanced, and the operation of facilities should take place under special control for warnings accidents, especially in the conditions of melting eternal permafrost due to global climate change. I however the opposite is happening now the situation in which Industrialists seek a moratorium on certain environmental restrictions requirements under the pretext of fighting economic crisis. We need to prevent the destruction of our nature and force the Russian Government to go on the way to support new green technologies and fight climate change and don't go along with it the "dirty" business. @greenpeaceru @greenpeace
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On May 29, a tank containing diesel oil burst at the Nadezhda plant on the Taymyr peninsula in the Russian Arctic. According to official figures, 20 thousand tons of oil products have contaminated water and soil in the area, turning the Ambarnaya River red as it carries diesel towards the sea. The plant is operated by a division of Nornickel, whose factories in the area have made the city one of the most heavily polluted places on Earth. Greenpeace Russia is calling on the government to change federal laws which often allow companies to evade financial liability for environmental damage, in order to prevent environmental disasters like this one in the future. . . #PeopleVsOil #keepitintheground #activism #projection #russia #oil #fossilfuels #environment #fridaysforfuture #arctic
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