First prosecution following the Norilisk spill in the Arctic regions of Russia
The first prosecutions have been taking place following the failure of a large diesel tank and the resulting pollution incident.
The former mayor of the Arctic city of Norilsk to six months of community service after finding him guilty of negligence over a major fuel spill in the region. He had been found guilty of failing to coordinate and organise emergency measures to contain and control fallout from the spill.
It is essential to have well thought through pollution incident response plans that are properly resourced and frequently exercised so that all are familiar with their roles and equipment to be used to ensure an effective response.
This spillage resulted in more than 20,000 tonnes of fuel escaping into rivers and subsoils that Greenpeace has compared the incident to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska.