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Putin chastises Russian tycoon over massive Arctic oil spill

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Posted at 4:13 AM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-06 04:13:09-04

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has chastised the billionaire owner of a nickel giant over a massive fuel oil spill that has inflicted huge damage on a fragile Arctic region.

An estimated 20,000 tons of diesel oil spilled last Friday from a broken tank at a power plant in the Arctic city of Norilsk into the Ambarnaya River.

Putin has declared a state of emergency in the region to help minimize the consequences of the spill.

During Friday’s call with officials and environmental experts, Putin lashed out at Vladimir Potanin, whose Norilsk Nickel company owns the power plant, saying that it was his company’s responsibility to check the fuel tanks’ condition.