Russia battles to contain Black Sea oil spill

December 25, 2014
Russian Emergency Ministry personnel clean a section of the Black Sea shore in Tuzla Spit November 13, 2007

A Russian Black Sea city declared a state of emergency Thursday after a burst pipeline spewed oil into the landlocked water body, with stormy weather hampering cleanup efforts.

The pipeline near the city of Tuapse burst late Tuesday, according to ChernomorTransneft, a subsidiary of Russia's main oil transport company Transneft.

"The wall of the pipeline broke due to... a landslide," the company said in a statement, adding that the rupture caused 8.4 cubic metres to leak out into the Tuapse river, which empties into the Black Sea.

Environmentalists warned however that the volume of the spill could be nearly 100 times greater than claimed by Transneft.

The oil transport company said the damaged section of the pipeline—about nine kilometres (five miles) from the Black Sea coast—was under construction by a subsidiary of oil giant Rosneft and was not yet in use by Transneft.

Rosneft also operates a major refinery in Tuapse.

Russia's sea and river transport agency said a cleanup mission was launched on Wednesday afternoon, though precluded the use of boats.

By Thursday, the declared a state of emergency in Tuapse and more than 300 workers were at the scene, according to the Krasnodar regional government website.

"There is a state of emergency for Tuapse city," a statement on the Krasnodar regional government website said. "Work is complicated by a storm, with waves two to three metres (up to 10 feet) high," it said.

World Wildlife Fund said Thursday that the spill already polluted 15 kilometres of the Black Sea shore, and accused Rosneft and Transneft of failing to act quickly and understating the real extent of the damage.

"According to WWF's information regarding the surface area and characteristics of the spill, the volume of the spill could be 500 to 700 tonnes (nearly 800 cubic metres)," WWF said Thursday.

The organisation said the consequences could have been avoided if the energy company alerted local authorities about the accident immediately instead of delaying its response for many hours.

Tuapse borders the resort city of Sochi, where Russia hosted the Winter Olympic Games in February.

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kochevnik
2.6 / 5 (5) Dec 25, 2014
It would be great if we could focus on renewables unfortunately USA war whore forces more immediate focus
alfie_null
5 / 5 (5) Dec 26, 2014
It would be great if we could focus on renewables . . .

It's unlikely Rosneft, Gazprom, et al. share your view. You'd best watch what you say lest you receive guidance on how Russian freedom of speech works.
rgw
1 / 5 (1) Dec 26, 2014
Re: Cops and Donut shops...
I love this clichè picture of the 'cleanup crew'. Five guys: three leaning on shovels, one watching and one shoveling. ;>)
Merry Christmas
imido
Dec 26, 2014
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Modernmystic
5 / 5 (6) Dec 26, 2014
It would be great if we could focus on renewables unfortunately USA war whore forces more immediate focus


This is hysterical coming from a nationalist in a country that's doing its damnedest to START a war of aggression over hydrocarbons.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (4) Dec 29, 2014
It would be great if we could focus on renewables unfortunately USA war whore forces more immediate focus


This is hysterical coming from a nationalist in a country that's doing its damnedest to START a war of aggression over hydrocarbons.
What did we start, MM? We defend our people and you call it aggression. If your country defends it's people we do not declare it aggression. Why the double standard, MM?
Modernmystic
5 / 5 (6) Dec 29, 2014
What did we start, MM? We defend our people and you call it aggression. If your country defends it's people we do not declare it aggression. Why the double standard, MM?


You're people? Really? I thought they were Ukrainians....

Here's the definition for you, just so we're all clear on this;

http://www.merria...krainian

So any "Russians" who were inhabiting Ukraine are Ukrainian...

There is no double standard. Also, what aggression? You got pissed off because another SOVEREIGN nation did something you didn't like politically. Yeah, Puuttie tat got mad that his 70 BILLION dollar bank account might be off a few hundred million so he sent in jack booted thugs in ski masks to terrorize a weaker nation to fill his coffers. At least Hitler didn't hide his SS behind masks and wasn't a COMPLETE coward like Putin...

Oh, and giving idiots the means to shoot down civilian jets is kind of cowardly too.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (4) Dec 29, 2014
@MM You're people? Really? I thought they were Ukrainians....
No, my gf's aunt is not a Ukrainian you retard. She is Russian and has been longer than Crimea was under Ukrainian control. Why don't we look up various crimes your people have committed? I'm sure the list will cap physorg's bandwidth

Bottom line MM is that you are a complete failure of the democracy you profess to care about
Modernmystic
5 / 5 (4) Dec 29, 2014
No, my gf's aunt is not a Ukrainian you retard. She is Russian and has been longer than Crimea was under Ukrainian control.


Apparently you don't speak English well. You see, when something has a definition it's not debatable. My gradmother was from Ireland, but lived in the US for 60 years....she wasn't "Irish"....mmmmmkay

Why don't we look up various crimes your people have committed?


Why? Because the idiocy of my country doesn't erase the idiocy of yours...GET IT? We're talking about RUSSIAN aggression and criminal behavior here мальчик.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Dec 29, 2014
"Russia battles to contain Black Sea oil spill"

-Well the countrys pretty dirty already so maybe people wont notice. Right kochevniknik?
McIek
Dec 29, 2014
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