The Russian government approved a draft amendment providing a systematic approach to the legal regulation of relations in the field of preventing and eliminating oil spills on the country's land. This was reported on the website of the Cabinet.
The draft amendments are aimed at providing a systematic approach to the legal regulation of relations in the field of preventing and eliminating oil and oil products spills on the land territory of the Russian Federation. It will be similar to the legal regulation of relations in the field of the prevention and elimination of oil and oil products spills in offshore areas.
“Government decision: approve the draft amendments of the Government of the Russian Federation to draft federal law No. 376642-7“ On amendments to Article 46 of the Federal Law “ On environmental protection “and certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation” and send them to the State Duma in the prescribed manner “, – says in the message.
Why the government was preoccupied with oil spills
The reason why the government made this decision was the recent incident in Norilsk. On May 29, one of the diesel fuel storage tanks at TPP-3 (owned by NTEK, a member of the Norilsk Nickel group) was damaged due to a sharp subsidence of the foundation supports. An accident occurred with a leak of about 21 thousand tons of fuel.
Norilsk Nickel considers the main cause of the accident warming in permafrost conditions, which set in motion the supports under the fuel tanks. On the territory of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, a federal emergency mode was introduced. The Ministry of Emergency Situations reported the location of spilled fuel. A criminal case was opened under a number of articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
To date, the liquidators have collected 32.97 thousand cubic meters of fuel-water mixture. As the representative of the operational headquarters told reporters, 148.57 thousand tons of contaminated soil were transported to storage sites on the territory of TPP-3.
104.7 kilometers of the coastline of 200.76 thousand square meters of contaminated territory were sorbed. 474 people and 234 pieces of equipment work to liquidate the emergency. The air force consists of four aircraft. : ///
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