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Oil slick found near a river in Buryatia
Residents of the village of Glassworks in Ulan-Ude discovered oil pollution near the Selenga River. Employees of Rosprirodnadzor will conduct an inspection on the spot.
As reported by the agency "Baikal Daily”, The outpouring of oil on the soil near the river periodically occurs due to the underground oil lens, which was formed after the operation of the enterprise back in Soviet times. Oil products in this place cannot be eliminated for many years, there is no data even on the scale of pollution. According to rough estimates, there are about 18 thousand tons of oil products underground.
As noted in the Baikal Interregional Environmental Prosecutor's Office, you first need to determine the parameters of the underground accumulation of oil products, and then study in detail the place of pollution in order to choose the most suitable method for cleaning the lens. The order of work was to be determined by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Republic, but this has not yet been done.
In the soil and water of the Selenga River, experts from the environmental prosecutor's office have repeatedly recorded an excess of concentrations of oil products. If these wastes get into the Selenga or Baikal, an ecological catastrophe can occur.