On May 11, 2021, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia in the Komi Republic announced the discovery of a rainbow film in the Kolva River, 130 kilometers from the city of Usinsk. In the urban district of Usinsk, an emergency regime was introduced. The oil spill was taken under the control of the prosecutor’s office. Two days after the incident, residents of the village of Kolva noticed black ice on the river. It is noted that there was a dense smell of oil products in the air.
Now the oil slick continues to move towards the Barents Sea. It is reported that on May 17 (22.30 Moscow time) the slick reached the village of Ust-Tsilma in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug. The village is located just 110 km from the Barents Sea. As you know, it flows into the Arctic Ocean. Greenpeace experts expressed concern that oil products will get there in the near future.
It is noted that yesterday Komi Vladimir Uyba signed a decree on the introduction of an emergency regime in connection with an accident in three municipalities: the Usinsk urban district, the Izhemsky and Ust-Tsilemsky regions.
Earlier, on May 16, a gathering of local residents took place in Kolva. They put forward requirements for Lukoil to urgently diagnose and reject emergency oil pipelines.
The territories of Denmark (Greenland), Iceland, Canada, Norway, Russia and the United States of America adjoin the Arctic Ocean. The legal status of the ocean at the international level is not directly regulated. In part, it is determined by the national laws of the Arctic countries and international legal agreements. For most of the year, the Arctic Ocean is used for sea transport, which is carried out by Russia along the Northern Sea Route, the USA and Canada along the Northwest Passage.