The group claims that the tank in question, built-in 1985, had been repaired in “2017-2018” and inspected in 2018, and that “all recommendations” made following this inspection had been “followed and monitored”. Norilsk Nickel officials acknowledged on Tuesday, however, that the state of permafrost has not been monitored so far, and that a full audit of its infrastructure will be carried out.
Nearly 700 people mobilized on site
The accident is considered by ecological organizations and the authorities to be the worst due to oil in the Russian Arctic. In this fragile region, mining, gas and oil exploitation are numerous and pollution has been a growing problem since Soviet times.
On-site, the cleaning work mobilizes nearly 700 people, according to the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The director-general of Transneft Siberia, Victor Bronnikov, in charge of part of the depollution operations, explains that the situation seems “stabilized”, but that the pumping of pollutants would still last “at least eight to ten days”.
“Complete cleaning will take years,” he insists, as special products will be dispersed to break down or absorb the diesel that could not be pumped and that spilled in this swampy area in the spring. According to him, the first effects on the ecosystem of this sparsely populated region have already been noted.
“Our workers saw dead ducks. I myself saw a dead muskrat, “he said, noting that any animal that came into contact with fuel was” definitely sentenced to death. ” He nevertheless assured that there were no “mass animal deaths”.