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Russia's Arctic region declares emergency after second fuel spill

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 13, 2020
Authorities in the Taimyr District of Russia's Krasnoyarsk Region have announced a state of emergency following a fuel spill by a subsidiary of the mining company Nornickel, the second in three months.
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About 44 tonnes of aviation fuel leaked from a pipeline operated by the company into an unnamed lake spread over about 600 square metres (6,458sq feet), the administration of the nearby town of Tukhard said in a statement on Monday.

Topics: Russia Arctic spill

The spill occurred on Sunday as a pipe suddenly depressurised, then the fuel transfer was promptly shut off, the statement said.

More than 50 people have been involved in the clean-up effort, it said.

"The depressurisation lasted about 15 minutes," the company said in a separate statement. "The spill poses no threats to the health of people living in the area."