Oil spilled into river in Amurskaya Province
According to Amur SEU (The Amur Socio-Ecological Union) press service, the breakdown on the oil pipeline happened in the course of reconstruction works at 2:30 p.m. local time on 3 February in Skovorodinskii district of Amurskaya Province. It resulted in the leakage of considerable amount of raw oil.
According to the Investigation Department of Prosecutor’s Office of Russian Federation in Amurskaya Province “…the area of breakage is located in 5 meters from the Bolshoi Never river bed. The spilled oil filled over one kilometer of Bolshoi Never river bed, and the part of its tributary. The height of the oil spill near the river bank is from 30 to 60 centimeters. Basing on available data, at the moment of breakdown about 3200 cubic meters of oil were in there between two bars of the pipeline. The exact amount of spilled oil, the area of pollution and the damage are now being estimated”.
Therefore, we can speak about the first serious pollution of the river flowing directly into Amur river, which is connected with the exploitation of the oil pipeline on the territory of the Amurskaya Province. Two weeks before the incident in Skovorodinskii district, on 18 January at the similar circumstances the breakdown of the pipeline in the area of Lensk city of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) happened and resulted in spilling of 450 cubic meters of oil and to the pollution of the area of 20 thousand square meters.
“Such breaks demonstrate absolutely careless attitude of “Vostoknefteprovod” company both to the safety measures during exploitation of the pipeline and to the consequences of the previous breaks. – comments the director of the “Amur SEU” Petr Osipov. – “Meanwhile, only on the territory of Amurskaya Province the pipeline will go one and a half thousand kilometers along the Amur river main stream, crossing such large rivers as Zeya, Tom, Zavitaya, Bureya, Arkhara and dozens of smaller rivers where the dozens of villages with hundred thousand people, agricultural fields and unique protected areas are located. With such an attitude of the company, which exploits the pipeline without considering environmental safety, none can guarantee that in case of another breakdown it will not be kept in secret and will not lead to ecological disaster.”