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Russia declares state of emergency over Arctic Circle oil spill caused by melting permafrost

Russia declares state of emergency over Arctic Circle oil spill caused by melting permafrost

Oil spill caused by melting snowMelting permafrost caused a fuel tank holding 21,000 tons of diesel oil  to collapse in Russia’s Arctic Circle, leading to a 135-square mile oil  spill.

According to Rosprirodnadzor, the Federal Service for Supervision of  Natural Resources, 6,000 tons spilled onto the ground, another 15,000  tons into the water. Oil products got into the Ambarnaya and Daldykan  rivers and in almost all their tributaries.

The spill occurred in the city of Norilsk, Russia, at a power plant  operated by Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Co., a subsidiary of Nornickel. The  town is located above the Arctic Circle in Russia’s far North.

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