Russia’s Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill

An undated handout photo made available on 04 June 2020 by the press service of the Marine Rescue Service of Russia (MRS or Morspassluzhba in Russian) shows booms installed by oilskimmer rescues at the site of oil products spill into the Ambarnaya river outside of Norilsk, Russia. About 20,000 tonnes of oil products leaked on 29 May 2020 and soiled the waters of Ambarnaya and Daldykan rivers after an accident at a heat and power station, a Norilsk Nickel subsidiary, in the industrial city of Norilsk located above the Arctic Circle, reports state. EPA-EFE/Marine Rescue Service press service / HANDOUT

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil leaked into a river within the Arctic Circle.

The spill happened when a fuel tank at a power plant near the Siberian city of Norilsk collapsed last Friday.

President Putin expressed anger after discovering officials only learnt about the incident two days later.

Aftermath of diesel fuel spill at heat and power station in Norilsk
An undated handout photo made available on 04 June 2020 by the press service of the Marine Rescue Service of Russia (MRS or Morspassluzhba in Russian) shows a rescuer working at the site of oil products spill into the Ambarnaya river outside of Norilsk, Russia. About 20,000 tonnes of oil products leaked on 29 May 2020 and soiled the waters of Ambarnaya and Daldykan rivers after an accident at a heat and power station, a Norilsk Nickel subsidiary, in the industrial city of Norilsk located above the Arctic Circle, reports state. EPA-EFE/Marine Rescue Service press service / HANDOUT

The plant is owned by a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, which is the world’s leading nickel and palladium producer.

And in a televised video conference on Wednesday, Mr Putin lambasted the head of the company over its response.

The region’s governor, Alexander Uss, had earlier told President Putin that he became aware of the oil spill on Sunday after “alarming information appeared in social media”.

It has contaminated a 350 sq km (135 sq mile) area, state media report.

Mr Putin has ordered an investigation into the accident and a manager at the power plant has since been detained.

 

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