Major oil spill while loading a ship on the Black Sea

Novorossiysk Oil Terminal, July 13, 2004.

One hundred tons of black gold is said to have been dumped in the water. A major oil spill has occurred in the Black Sea near the Russian port city of Novorossiysk in the southwest of the country, The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) warned on Wednesday, August 11th.

In the process, Russian authorities announced an investigation into the contamination. The Attorney General’s Office promised that a survey of the beach would be arranged to give one “Objective Evaluation” The extent of the disaster. There are many seaside resorts in the area that are very popular with Russian tourists.

While loading the Minerva Symphony tanker under the Greek flag, a leak occurred last weekend at the Yushnaya Oserievka terminal, not far from the city of Novorossiysk. On Monday, the Caspian Pipeline Federation (CPC), which controls the terminal, brought oil from the Caspian Sea to Novorossiysk and announced that about twelve cubic meters of oil had been dumped over an area of ​​200 square meters.

“The situation is back to normal”, On Sunday morning, the Russian oil company Rosneft, the US group Chevron, and the Italian company Eni, a consortium, said they were not threatening the population or the environment. However, the WWF on Wednesday confirmed that the leak was too large and could seriously affect the environment.

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“No objective information”

According to the NGO set up Its own monitoring system for environmental disastersThe oil slick spread over an area of ​​94 square kilometers on Sunday. That is what it means“At least a hundred tons of oil and more” The WWF says it sank in the Black Sea In a news release on Facebook. “Oil spreads over a large area, despite rescue workers in operation”Warned against dangers “Increased” Negative impact on marine animals.

According to Alexei Gniknikov, an expert with the Russian branch of the WWF, the oil tanker is moving north, reaching the village of Abrav-Diorso, which is already known for its beaches and vineyards, to reach its natural reserve. “We can say that there is no objective information about the extent of the leak from the regulatory authorities.”, He declared.

The Russian Institute for Space Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences has announced that it will monitor the pollution, with the help of satellite imagery – covering an area of ​​about 80 square kilometers.

“If this information agrees with reality, fish resources, birds and marine ecosystems in the spilled area will be threatened.”, NGO Greenpeace, In a press release. “The health of people, including tourists, is at risk of ending up in the pollution zone.”, She warned.

As part of that, the Udirish Dolphinarium, located near the coastal resort of Anaba, said on Wednesday that it had found oil stains on the surface of nearby water. “When you put your hands in the water, your skin is covered with a layer of fat.”, He wrote in a statement on Instagram.

In the afternoon, Russian officials confirmed that they were closely monitoring the situation. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko ordered the Russian Environmental Monitoring Agency (Rosprirodnadzor) to assess the disaster, the latter promising to assess the damage. For his part, Energy Minister Nikolai Sulquinov spoke with Nikolai Corban, CEO of the Caspian Pipeline Federation. “Check leakage level information”.

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