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Wed Jun 3, 2020, 08:57 PM

Russia's Putin Declares State Of Emergency After Arctic Circle Oil Spill

Source: BBC News

(49 mins. ago). Russia's President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of oil leaked into a river within the Arctic Circle. The spill happened when a fuel tank at a power plant near the Siberian city of Norilsk collapsed last Friday.

President Putin expressed anger after discovering officials only learnt about the incident two days later. The plant is owned by a subsidiary of Norilsk Nickel, which is the world's leading nickel and palladium producer.

And in a televised video conference on Wednesday, Mr Putin lambasted the head of the company over the timeliness of its response. Why did government agencies only find out about this two days after the fact?" he asked the subsidiary's chief, Sergei Lipin. "Are we going to learn about emergency situations from social media?"

The region's governor, Alexander Uss, had earlier told President Putin that he became aware of the oil spill on Sunday after "alarming information appeared in social media."...

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52915807



An investigation into the accident was ordered by Mr Putin and a power plant manager has since been detained.



- The leaked diesel oil drifted some 12km (7.5 miles) from the site of the accident.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 08:58 PM

1. No doubt Trump will send $10 trillion dollars in aid by morning.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 08:59 PM

2. Maybe if he wasn't busy running our country, he would have time to look after

his own.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:10 PM

6. +1 n/t

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 4, 2020, 12:21 AM

12. +1000000

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 4, 2020, 12:46 AM

13. Amen!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:05 PM

3. This is what we'll get with deregulation, cutting costs and corners

we've granted everyone the right to pollute with little oversight. It must be worth trillions to oil companies and foreign companies too

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:05 PM

4. well fuck Putin but...

...this looks like an environmental catastrophe.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:06 PM

5. JUST SICK!

NO more words left here!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:15 PM

7. Better question is WHY it collapsed. Preventive maintenance issue?

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:10 PM

8. Reminds me of a chemical plant in Port Neches, TX, last November. They called that an"Oops," too.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:14 PM

9. Not the first time. Norilsk is a nasty place


(2016)

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 10:20 PM

10. 20,000 tonnes is a huge number of litres or gallons or barrels. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 3, 2020, 11:44 PM

11. Diesel is about 7 lbs per gallon

So 20,000 tons (US) is just over 5,700,000 gallons of diesel.

(20,000 tons x 2,000 lbs per ton/7 lbs per gallon)

That's a lot of old dinosaurs in the river!

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Response to Finishline42 (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 4, 2020, 04:35 AM

16. DAMN!!!

Thats bad! ...I'm NOT downplaying this at all but in terms of environmental damage Russia has done inside their country & the former Soviet satellites not sure if this one ranks in the Top 10. I thought we were careless playing with nukes & the materials to process them during the Cold War...Damn there are entire villages where people are deformed from what they just left there. Its horrible.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Jun 4, 2020, 12:48 AM

14. "Are we going to learn about emergency situations from social media?"

Hey Little Pootie...

How many times have we in the USA found out (via the Russian press) that Comrade Dumbass has been having secret phone calls with you?

Suck it up, buttercup!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Jun 4, 2020, 12:53 AM

15. "The area is built on permafrost which has been melting as the climate warms."

THE FUCK?!?!?! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!?!

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