98% of the companies’ oil spill response plans, or about 300 documents, were not approved by Rosprirodnadzor due to non-compliance with the standards, said the head of the service, Svetlana Radionova.
“The plans were carried to us, but we practically did not approve them to anyone, because they did not meet the regulatory requirements that should be. We returned about 300 plans. We have “turned down” 98% of our plans, “said Messrs. Radionova during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF; quoted by RIA Novosti).
Companies whose plans have not been approved by Rosprirodnadzor are now revising them, the head of the department said. “This is not just paper that the company should have when an inspector comes to the enterprise. This is the company’s life plan, which must be realistic and feasible, according to which the company will live in the event of an oil spill, ”she said.
A law obliging oil companies to have oil spill response plans was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2020. Companies engaged in geological exploration, production, processing, transportation and storage of oil must agree on these plans with Rosprirodnadzor by January 1, 2024.
In May, an oil spill occurred at the Osh field (developed by LUKOIL-Komi). The incident led to pollution on the territory of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Komi. Criminal cases were opened in both regions.