Oil spill catches fire on Moscow river
17 August 2015
On August 12 an oil spill caught fire on the Moskva river in the south of Moscow, according to the Interfax news agency. The smoke from the fire rose over 200 metres into the air over the city and damage to the environment has been estimated at around 30 million roubles ($464,000).
Deputy Mayor for Housing and Public Works Pyotr Biryukov told reporters on August 13 that a leak from Mostransnefteproduct pipelines near the Moscow Oil Refinery in Kapotnya was to blame for the leak.
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is leading cleanup operations, according to Interfax.
The industrial zone in the south of Moscow suffers regular leaks and air pollution scares.
Last November a noxious hydrogen sulfide fog descended on the area. The state environmental monitoring agency for Moscow, Mosekomonitoring, detected hydrogen sulfide and styrene in the air well above permissible levels, and traced the emissions to the Moscow Oil Refinery in Kapotnya. But Gazprom Neft, which owns the refinery, denied that any accident or leak had occurred at the facility.
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