A senior official on Tuesday, June 9, stated that the diesel fuel from a major spill in the Russian Arctic has now entered into the waters of a pristine lake that serves as the basin for a river that flows into the Arctic Ocean.
Confirming the news, Alexander Uss, governor of the Krasnoyarsk region stated, “The fuel has got into Lake Pyasino.”
This comes after a fuel tank at a power station in the city of Norilsk lost pressure in late May and spilled 21,000 tonnes of diesel into rivers and subsoil. The authorities are making several efforts to clean up and contain the fuel that has entered the waters of Lake Pyasino, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Norilsk.
Vasily Yablokov, Greenpeace Russia’s climate project manager has stated that this would have an adverse effect on the water resources, on the animals drinking that water and also on the plants growing on the banks.