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Oops They Did It Again

Another big oil spill in that northern Russia. This time it was jet fuel.

another major oil spill on Taymyr tundra

44.5 tons of jet fuel “leaked” from a storage tank in 15 minutes. Jet fuel weighs 6.8lb/gal, so we’re talking about 13,089 gallons. A “leak” flowing 873 gallons per minute, which is more than a 6” diameter pipe can flow.

The emergency situation appeared in the village of Tukhar when a pipeline ruptured and about 44,5 tons of fuel leaked into the ground.

The village is located near the Bolshaya Kheta, a side river to the great Yenisey.

According to Norilsktransgaz, a subsidiary of mining and metals company Nornickel, the leak took place on the 12th July and lasted only 15 minutes. Emergency services were quickly on site and managed to halt the spill. There is no health hazards for locals in the area, the company informs.

There are now taken all possible measures on the collection of the spilled oil products. No information is provided by the company about possible spills to the local waterways.

The accident happen only few weeks after another subsidiary of Nornickel, the Norilsk-Taymyr Energy Company, saw more than 20,000 tons of diesel oil leak into the local soils and waters.

The spill came as the ground under a major fuel reservoir sunk and subsequently ruined the foundation of the installation. It is the melting permafrost in the area that is believed to be the underlying reason for the catastrophe.

This is central northern Russia. Tukhar is about 400 miles south of the Kara Sea, and about 1400 miles east of Finland.

Sure, blame global warming. Or blame shortsighted engineering that didn’t account for the permafrost ever softening. Like northern Canada, most of northern Russia is permafrost, which means it’s water logged ground, frozen solid. The ancient glaciers didn’t go anywhere, they just melted in place. It’s swamp land, minus the alligators.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/14/2020 at 10:01 AM   
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