LUKOIL does not agree with Rosprirodnadzor’s assessment of damage from the oil spill in Komi, but is ready to fulfill the requirements, said the president of the company, Vagit Alekperov. Rosprirodnadzor claimed that more than 13 tons of oil got into the water due to the incident. The department estimated the damage at 300 million rubles.
As Vagit Alekperov explained, LUKOIL needs to “clarify these calculations and what they are based on.” When asked whether the company would pay for the damage, he replied: “Of course.” “We are law-abiding, we always comply with all the laws of the Russian Federation,” he told TASS on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
The head of Rosprirodnadzor, Svetlana Radionova, said that as a result of the accident at the LUKOIL field, about 13.6 tons of oil got into the water, another 44 tons – into the soil. She added that the data is still being clarified, but, according to her, this is “serious damage to nature.” “We are now calculating (the exact amount of pollution .— “B”), this is such a complex formula, because we extract oil from an oily liquid, ”she said in an interview with Izvestia in the fields of SPIEF.
The incident occurred on May 11, 2021: the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Komi received information about the rainbow film on the Kolva River. Rescuers started installing booms, and the Mayor of Usinsk Nikolai Takaev introduced an emergency regime on the territory of the municipality. Two days later, the ICR opened a case under Art. 246 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of environmental protection rules during the performance of work). According to the investigation, the reason was the depressurization of the pipeline.
Details – in the publication of “Kommersant” “LUKOIL is recommended to monitor its pipelines from space.”