Putin calls disastrous Arctic fuel spill unprecedented for Russia

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Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has called ongoing efforts to clean up a giant fuel spill in the Arctic unprecedented for Russia, while officials say ...
The clean-up operation at the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk has been ongoing since the end of May - Kirill Kukhmar/Tass via Getty Images

it will take the local river system a decade to recover.

Some 20,000 metric tonnes of diesel fuel spilled into the river system from a tank at a power plant near the city of Norilsk on 29 May in the environmental catastrophe comparable only to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 when 37,000 tonnes of oil leaked off the coast of Alaska.

Thawing permafrost beneath the fuel tank is believed to have caused the spill that turned the local river crimson.

"Russia has not had experience of…
Nataliya Vasilyeva
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