Russian Arctic oil spill now threatens Arctic Ocean

Katie Ramirez
June 12, 2020

He added that the focus for the moment is to stop the spilled diesel fuel from reaching Pyasina River, which flows into the Kara Sea in the greater Arctic Ocean - an area that has already been drastically affected by climate change.

Russian Federation has arrested three power plant staff after more than 21,000 tonnes of diesel leaked into the soil and waterways in Siberia. President Vladimir Putin declared a state of emergency in the region.

The power plant's director has been taken into custody and charged with causing environmental damage but questions are being asked about why it took several days before local officials mounted a proper response.

Mr Uss accused local officials of feeding him "disinformation" and "trying to cover up what happened or the scale of it". The enormous spill has already traveled 12 miles and could reach the Arctic Ocean, the BBC reported this week.

Norilsk Nickel's first vice president denied the spill had reached the lake on a conference call on Wednesday, saying the company did not find contamination there.

The expansion of factories, originally built by slave laborers in the gulag under Stalin, produces about a fifth of the world's nickel and half of the world's palladium, a precious metal used in catalytic converters for pipeline pollution control. automobile exhaust.

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Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement that Rinat Akhmetchin had failed in his duties to contain the spill, which environmentalists say is the largest to have ever hit the Arctic.

Norilsk Nickel has a very poor safety record, which may have contributed to the accident.

"There is no reason to believe that our colleagues could interfere with the investigation", Nornickel said. A 2018 study shows that a third of Arctic infrastructure sits on ground that could thaw out by mid-century. One billion Russian rubles runs at about $14.5 million, reports Gizmodo.

Investigators said in statement that they had detained the head of the power station and the chief engineer and his deputy, whom they suspected of continuing to use an unsafe storage tank that had needed major repairs since 2018.

The charges, which could see the mayor jailed for up to six months if found guilty, come a day after investigators arrested three managers at the power station involved in the spill.

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