The booms have not stopped the pollution in Russian Arctic

Les barrages flottants n’ont pas arrêté la pollution en Arctique russe

Moscow | significant concentrations of petroleum products have been found behind the booms installed on the river in the Russian Arctic affected the end of may by a pollution unprecedented hydrocarbons, announced on Monday a regional manager.

“Behind the booms, we see a large concentration of oil products”, said vice-minister of the Ecology of the Krasnoyarsk region, Yulia Goumeniouk, quoted by the news agency Interfax.

“That is to say that the dams, according to our assessment, are either a measure is ineffective to prevent pollution of the water, or were installed too late and after the passage of the bulk of the water”, she added.

According to it, the samples are state of pollution levels of 80 to 116 times higher than the permitted limit. It has been suggested that high levels of petroleum products had been found at the level of the lake Piassino, whose waters flow into the river of the same name, very important for the region.

On 29 may, 21 000 tonnes of fuel in the fuel tank of a thermal power plant belonging to a subsidiary of the large mining group Russian Norilsk Nickel is discharged into a river from the Arctic, and the land round about, after the break-up of the pillars that support the building.

The thawing of the sub-soil is a possible cause of this catastrophe, that the environmental organisations see as being the worst that ever visited this isolated region.

Last Friday, the Russian ministry of emergency Situations announced that the progress of the pollution had been “stopped” by the installation of floating barriers, adding that the pumping of the hydrocarbons had begun.

The boss and majority shareholder of Norilsk Nickel, billionaire Vladimir Potanine, has promised last week that his group would support the full cost of the clean-up operations, which he estimated at 10 billion rubles. President Vladimir Putin has ordered the full audit of vulnerable infrastructure built on the permafrost.

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