20K tons of diesel fuel spill in Siberia
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency in Siberia after an estimated 20,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled from a power plant storage facility and fouled waterways.
The spill took place last week at a power plant in an outlying section of the city of Norilsk, 1,800 miles northeast of Moscow. Booms were laid in the Ambarnaya River to block the fuel; the river feeds a lake from which springs another river that leads to the environmentally delicate Arctic Ocean.
Putin on Wednesday ordered officials to minimize the consequences of the spill.
But Alexei Knizhnikov of the World Wildlife Fund’s Russia operation said the damage to fish and other resources could exceed $13 million.