- Title: RUSSIA - RUSSIAN OIL WORKERS PLAY DOWN THE EXTENT OF OIL SPILLAGE IN KOMI REGION.
- Date: 28th October 1994
- Summary: USA RIVER, USINSK REGION, RUSSIA (OCTOBER 28, 1994) (REUTERS TELEVISION - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV OIL RIGS 0.04 2. SV BULLDOZER REMOVING OIL SLURRY 0.15 3. HAS,SV MAN SCRAPING ICE OFF RIVER SURFACE AND SHOWING OIL UNDERNEATH 0.25 4. HAS,SV/PAN PIPELINE (2 SHOTS) 0.36 5. HAS,SV/GV/AERIEL FROZEN RIVER BANK (3 SHOTS) 0.48 6. SV /CRANE UP/PAN BULLDOZER REMOVING OIL SLURRY (3 SHOTS) 0.57 7. HAS,GV OIL REFINERY 1.03 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 12th November 1994 12:00
- Location: USINSK REGION, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA91ROO9YU7IWB3G0ARRG02CXI
- Story Text: Russian oil workers on Friday (October 28) played down the extent of the oil spilled from leaks in a pipeline in the country's Komi region.
One worker said there had been a spillage but said it was not extensive, saying it had not reached the River Kolva.
Local officials of Komineft, the oil producer and pipeline operator, have also denied that the spill was large. They maintained that only 14,000 tonnes (tons) had been spilled, not 250,000 tonnes as alleged by United States (U.S.) officials.
The U.S. figure puts the oil spill eight times the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, which polluted a stretch of Alaskan coastline.
A clean-up operation was underway along the banks of the Usa River, a tributary of the Pechora river.
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