Massive Thermal Plant Fuel Leak Pollutes Siberian River
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Wed 03rd June 2020 | 11:30 AM
Moscow, June 3 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd Jun, 2020 ) :Russian authorities have declared a state of emergency after more than 20,000 tonnes of diesel fuel seeped into a Siberian river sparking concerns from environmentalists.
The World Wildlife Fund environmental group on Tuesday praised local efforts to contain the spill with a floating dam, blocking dangerous pollutants from flowing into a lake near the Arctic city of Norilsk.
Norilsk is constructed on permafrost and its infrastructure is threatened by melting ice caused by climate change.
It was fined less than $1,000 for the incident.
The prosecutor of the Krasnoyarsk region said Tuesday a state of emergency had been declared locally and opened an investigation.
The Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, said at least 20,000 tonnes of oil products had spread over 350 square metres.