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Diesel fuel spill is held by oil booms

02 june 2020
Thanks to the well-coordinated and immediate efforts of all the participants involved into the clean-up of the fuel spill near Norilsk, oil booms were installed by Federal Marine rescue service timely before the spill reaches Pyasino lake

The protection is installed on both arms of the river. It is seen clearly on the satellite pictures. 

Satellite picture from Sentinel-2
Oil boom installation Photo: (c) Federal Marine rescue service
Photo: (c) Federal Marine rescue service
Photo: (c) Federal Marine rescue service

The successful containment doesn’t mean that toxic elements hasn’t got into the water of the lake, - says Aleksey Knizhnikov, Head of the Program for the Business Environmental Responsibility at WWF-Russia. Unfortunately the most poisonous elements of diesel fuel are aromatic compounds like benzol, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene, which will massively mix with the water and it is impossible to collect them using oil booms”

Experts say, that it is important to arrange immediately monitoring of the water in the lower part of the current up to outfall of Pyasina river, where one of the clusters of The Great Arctic State Nature Reserve is located.

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Head of the responsible industry Program