Russian Massive Oil Spill Leads to Further Disaster in Norilsk

by Tiago Decker

Russia has to deal with two pandemics at this time – A infectious one and a man-made one. Diesel oil from a huge spill in Russia’s part of the Artic has polluted a large freshwater lake and a presented risk of the leak further polluting the Artic Ocean it now presented. Emergency teams are in place to try and contain the oil which has reached 20kms (12 miles) from the site of the collapsed fuel tank.

The recent oil spill is being considered as the worst mad-made disaster in Russia’s Article region according to environmentalists and officials. The oil started to leak on 29th May and so far about 21,000 tonnes have contaminated the Ambarnyaya river and the surrounding subsoil. Primary investigations point out a melting of the permafrost which weakened the Norilsk oil spill to occur. While the Artic suffers through an unusual period of warm weather, which is often accredited to global warming.

The power plant where the incident occurred is run by a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest nickel and palladium producer. Lake Pyasino serves as a container for the Pyasino river which flows to the Kara Sea, a subset of the Artic Circle.

“The fuel has got into Lake Pyasino,” said Alexander USS, governor of Krasnoyarsk region.”This is a beautiful lake about 70km [45 miles] long. Naturally, it has both fish and a good biosphere,” Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.”Now it’s important to prevent it from getting into the Pyasina river, which flows north. That should be possible.”

Clean up teams have removed about 23,000 cubic metres (812,000 cubic feet) of contaminated soil, Ria Novosti news reports.The pollution “will have a negative effect on the water resources, on the animals that drink that water, on the plants growing on the banks”, said Vasily Yablokov of Greenpeace Russia.


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