In the Arctic, a state of emergency was declared after 20,000 tons of diesel had leaked into a river, causing an “ecological catastrophe.”
Devastating photos show the horror of leaks as the Ambarnaya River near Norilsk in the Russian Arctic flows red.
The river is now covered with a poisonous layer of diesel that can be set on fire and the substance seeps into Lake Pyasino, which flows as the Pyasina River into the Kara Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean.
Russian experts have declared a state of emergency in the region and the exact reason for the leak is being investigated.
It is believed that a giant fuel storage tank has been damaged by collapsing soil due to global warming.
In a statement, Norilsk Nickel, the company that operates the mining site, said the leak was caused by collapsing permafrost.
He said, “Sudden prolapse of the supports that had been operating for more than 30 years without any problems damaged the diesel fuel storage tank, resulting in a fuel leak.”
Norilsk Nickel is the world’s largest producer of palladium and the largest nickel and smelting company in Russia.
It was initially believed that the leak had been caused by a car catching fire near the storage tank, but this has been denied.
It seems that the permanently frozen soil under the tank has collapsed due to the thawing of the permafrost.
Russia has brought in a special team from Murmansk to tackle the “ecological catastrophe.”
Norilsk Nickel has since said that the company has collected and pumped over 100 tons of fuel into the emergency area.
A source said, “The contaminated soil has been replaced, the surface has been treated with sorbents,” said a source.
“All soil has been removed for temporary storage in an area with a waterproof coating.
“Petroleum products will be removed in the near future.”