Arctic diesel spill caused $2 billion damage, Russia says

Image courtesy of Greenpeace Russia.

Russia’s ecological watchdog said the diesel spill from a tank owned by MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC in May caused 148 billion rubles ($2 billion) of damage in the Arctic.

The vast majority of the damage was to waterways that are linked to the Kara Sea, according to the report from the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources, known as Rosprirodnadzor.

The accident was the largest ever in the Arctic region. About 20,000 tons (150,000 barrels) of diesel spilled when a fuel tank owned by one of Nornickel’s power plants collapsed, polluting surrounding land and rivers.

Nornickel pledged to fully fund the clean-up of the fuel spill, estimating a cost of up to $150 million. Shares in the metals miner dropped as much as 4.4% in Moscow.

(By Yuliya Fedorinova)


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