Russian prosecutors have ordered to check “particularly dangerous installations” built on permafrost after a huge oil spill in the Arctic.”
A situation of emergency when a tank near collapsed at a power plant near the city of Norilsk and 20,00 tonnes of diesel leaked into a river however the company statement is that “The accident was caused by a sudden sinking of supporting posts in the basement of the storage tank,”.
The plant is owned by the world’s leading nickel and palladium producer, Norilsk Nickel.
As a result, the power plant’s director is taken into custody.
President Putin faces criticism due to delayed over-reporting. The Russian Investigation Committee charged criminal case over pollution and alleged negligence. Due to this oil spill, this time of year Arctic permafrost is melting in extremely warm weather.
What checks have been ordered exactly?
Russia’s chief prosecutor, lgor Krasnow took measurement aims to prevent a repeat of the incident near Norilsk at the plant.
The measurement includes, gave order for regional environmental prosecutors to
check all the installation located on “territories exposed to permafrost melting”.
A spokesman of chief Prosecutor office told to Russian media that all companies would check for safety laws, environmental monitoring, and measures to prevent emergencies.
He said, “The effectiveness of state monitoring would also be assessed.
What is permafrost?
You all are thinking about what is permafrost.
It is a term used for ground that is frozen continuously for two or more years.
55% of Russian territory, specifically Siberia is permafrost and main oil and gas fields.
How bad was the spill?
The leaked oil drifted some 7.5 miles from the site and the State media reported that this spill contaminated a 350 sq km area.
Norilsk Nickel said the incident has reported a ” timely and proper” way.
AFP News Agency said It is the 2nd largest accident in Russian History in terms of Volume.
What can be done to clear up the damage?
The Environment group gives an alarm warning by saying the scale of the spill is too large and the geography of the river made it difficult to clean up.
“Never been such an accident in the Arctic zone”, said Oleg Mitvol, former deputy head of Russia’s environmental watchdog Rosprirodnadzor.
He said the clean-up operation took 5 to 10 years and the estimated cost could be 100bn roubles($1.5bn).
Ministry of Natural Resources Dmitry Kobylkin warned against trying to burn off such a vast quantity of fuel oil and has proposed trying to dilute the oil with reagents.
According to Russian media, the liquidation team has already cleaned about 53,000 cubic feet of soil at the site of the diesel fuel spill in Norilsk and pumped out 201 tons of fuel. More than 130 tons were removed from the Ambarnaya river.
262 tons of oil have been pumped out till Wednesday. It further said 250 people took part in this cleanup effort.
Norinickel group tweeted :
“Our top priority is to evaluate and minimize environmental damage to the surrounding area. The company has mobilized rapidly, replacing 800 cubic meters of affected soil as quickly as possible. Oil is being removed assiduously to assess the scale of damage.”