With regard to fossil fuels, the Russians always seem to think big, with the fact that they are one of the largest producers of crude in the world to justify this status. This time, it's news that the Ambarnaya River, in northern Siberia, already in the Arctic region, has turned into a paste with more diesel than water.
The severity of the accident was so evident that it was Vladimir Putin himself, who is rarely in the front row to admit the mistakes of the country he runs, to declare a state of emergency in that Siberian region. Although the information is still scarce, the Russians say that more than 20,000 tons of diesel have been dumped into the river, making it the second most serious escape in the country.
Apparently, the fuel was stored in deposits at a nickel factory in Norilsk, when they collapsed and allowed diesel to reach the river. The environmental disaster will be extremely serious because, according to the local minister of natural resources and the environment, it will take more than 10 years to recover the region's ecosystem.
The Russians have some history in this regard, as already in 1989 they had to face the spill caused by the oil tanker Exxon Valdez, the oil tanker that ran aground in Alaska, releasing 37,000 tons of crude into the ocean, in what was considered one of the two biggest environmental disasters in the world. genre. Bigger than him, only the accident with the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, which spilled more than 200 million gallons in the Gulf of Mexico, against 11 million that escaped into the sea of the Exxon Valdez.