President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency in a region within the Arctic Circle in far northern Russia after 20,000 tons of oil leaked into a river from a power plant. The spillage occurred on May 29 when the “oil products” leaked from a tank in an industrial plant operated by a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and one of the largest producers of nickel, platinum and copper.
“The accident took place at the industrial site of the Nadezhdinski Metallurgical Plant, and part of the spilled petrochemicals, a considerable amount actually, seeped into the Ambarnaya River,” Putin said as he discussed the incident with officials on Wednesday, according to the Kremlin.
Norilsk Nickel said on its website that “the accident was caused by a sudden sinking of supporting posts in the basement of the storage tank” and that emergency teams “immediately arrived to the site to start clean up works.”
Putin declared a state of emergency in a remote Arctic region after a huge oil spill, and admonished a senior official on television over what he called a bungled state response https://t.co/JDiHB9xB6l pic.twitter.com/5gqPTy21i3— Reuters (@Reuters) June 4, 2020
Russia's Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill https://t.co/UdBI3jk24W— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 4, 2020
Because everything is not enough already...— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 4, 2020
Largest-ever oil spill in the Russian arctic:https://t.co/4bzMekwg7f
President Vladimir Putin of Russia has declared a state of emergency in a region in northern Siberia after 20,000 tons of diesel spilled into a river. The oil spill has turned a river crimson and is a threat to the Arctic environment.https://t.co/ICL9lm7qCh— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 4, 2020