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Here’s what the giant fuel spill in the Russian Arctic looks like from space
1:18 pm, June 5, 2020
At the end of May, an
took place at a combined heat and power plant in the Arctic city of Norilsk, in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Krai. Approximately 20,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled out of a reservoir and spread into the surrounding soil and waterways. Nearly all of the tributaries of the Daldykan and Ambarnaya rivers around the plant are now contaminated with petroleum products. Greenpeace Russia
that there is at least $86.3 million in damage to bodies of water in the region alone. After taking several days to respond to the accident, officials in the Krasnoyarsk Krai declared a federal level emergency situation on June 3. Two days later, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry declared that the spill had been contained. Here’s what the spread of the giant fuel spill looks like from space.