Discussion posted by: David McNamara
In 2017, the New York Times called Norilsk “Russia’s coldest and most polluted industrial city.” It may not be getting colder but it’s certainly now much more polluted than before. The Arctic town, built on the site of a former gulag, is the site of a massive fuel spill that environmentalists have compared to the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. On May 29, an aged fuel tank at the Norilsk Nickel plant lost pressure and released 21,000 tonnes of diesel into the Arctic subsoil and the waters of the nearby river Ambarnaya. “In modern history, this is the biggest spill that I have ever seen,” said Alexey Knizhnikov, a leader with the World Wildlife Fund in Russia.