Russian President Vladimir Putin was indignant at the fact that the director of the Norilsk energy company did not report the oil spill in a timely manner.
On Wednesday, Putin introduced emergency situation at the federal level and asked to eliminate the negative impact of the leak on the environment as soon as possible.
The head of the Ministry of Emergencies, Evgeny Zinichev, suggested introducing an emergency in the country. According to him, this will help attract federal budget funds to eliminate the consequences.
A spill of about 20 thousand tons of oil occurred in the morning of May 29, but information about this came to the Ministry of Emergencies only two days later. All this time, CHPP-3 in Norilsk, where the leak occurred, tried to eliminate the consequences on its own. Oil spilled due to the fact that the foundation piles sank and the fuel storage tank was depressurized. Oil spilled onto the road, a significant part of it fell into the soil and the Ambarnaya River, they said at a meeting with the president.
Putin instructed Zinichev to eliminate the consequences of what happened as quickly as possible, minimize the environmental impact and dispose of waste. The head of the Ministry of Emergencies will have to report on the results on Friday, writes TASS.
The Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Alexander Uss noted that difficulties may arise with the disposal of petroleum products, as the region has no experience in burning such a large amount of fuel. The governor noted that the region may not meet the two-week deadline for eliminating the consequences.
As of May 30, only 100 tons of fuel were pumped out, Kommersant writes. Putin was indignant at the fact that the authorities learned about the incident from social networks, and not from the head of the company. “Why do the authorities find out what happened only two days after what happened? What will we learn about emergencies from social networks? Is everything all right with your health there?”, - quoted by Putin edition. He asked law enforcement agencies to investigate the situation.
At the same time, as the publication notes, the thermal power station promptly reported what had happened. On the same day, power engineers reported what had happened to the local Civil Defense and Emergencies Ministry, and half an hour after the leak, the Ministry of Energy already knew about it. Emergencies at the company were introduced on the same day, and by May 31 the Ministry of Emergencies already had information from the enterprise what measures to eliminate the consequences had been taken by this time. By June 1, the Ministry of Energy had a plan from the Norilsk Thermal Power Plant to eliminate the accident.