- Title: RUSSIA: OIL SPILL AS PIPELINE RUPTURES DURING EARTHQUAKE
- Date: 2nd June 1995
- Summary: NEFTEGORSK AND OKHA, RUSSIA (JUNE 2, 1995) 1. SV VARIOUS OF OIL COVERING THE GROUND 1.11 2. SV REPAIRS BEING MADE TO THE PIPE 2.00 3. SCU ECOLOGIST SERAFIMOV VARLAMOVA SAYS THE DAMAGE IS IRREPARABLE (RUSSIAN) 2.57 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 17th June 1995 13:00
- Location: NEFTEGORSK AND OKHA, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA3Y5PI3JL8POO5JL2ZZFP0WYGO
- Story Text: Nearly 3,500 tonnes of oil have spilled over Sakhalin from a pipeline ruptured during the earthquake there three days ago.
A 27 km (17 mile) section of the pipe which runs from the oil collector in Sabo to the main Sakhalin pipeline, was affected in the tremor. Repair-workers counted 18 breaks in the side pipeline and at least four in the main one.
Although leakage through the side pipeline was stopped after the disaster, all the oil in the pipes at the time seeped into the ground and the rivers and marshes of the surrounding area.
Local ecologist, Serafimov Varlamova, says the pipeline will probably have to be replaced because the damage is irreparable.
Sakhalin is one of Russia's most important oil production areas, producing 5 percent of Russia's total output. Experts believe further oil reserves exist for exploitation.
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