150,000 Barrels of Oil spill in Siberia, Russia possibly due to melting permafrost

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Clean-up operations in Norilsk, Russia, on June 2. Photographer: Denis Kozhevnikov/TASS via Getty Images

Clean up operations are underway in Siberia where last week 20,000 tons of diesel spilled. Greenpeace said it was the largest ever in the Arctic region, and compared it to the Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska in 1989.

According to Bloomberg news the cause of the spill, in which about 150,000 barrels leaked from a reservoir owned by MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC, hasn’t been determined but the company has suggested it could be the result of damage from melting permafrost. The rate of warming in the Arctic is twice as fast as the rest of the world.

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