Oil Spill in Russia's Komi Region Estimated at 100 Tons, River Polluted

MOSCOW (Reuters) — A pipeline spill in Russia's northwestern region of Komi leaked 100 tons of oil last week, including nine tons that flowed into a local river, the head of state environment watchdog Rosprirodnadzor said on Monday.

An oil slick was found flowing down the river Kolva, the official, Svetlana Radionova, said on social media.

Lukoil said a clean-up operation was under way following a leak at a pipeline leading from its Oshskoe field to facilities that serve the Kharyaga field in a neighboring region.

The energy-rich Komi region witnessed one of the worst oil spills in Russian history in August, 1994, when its aging pipeline network sprang a leak that was officially said to have totaled 79,000 tons, or 585,000 barrels. Independent estimates put the figure at up to 2 million barrels.

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