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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Northern Pipe Leak

MOSCOW () -- A pipeline in northern Russia sprang a leak, spilling tons of crude oil in the latest of several ruptures along Russia's aging pipelines, Itar-Tass reported Tuesday.


Cleanup workers estimate that at least 70 metric tons of oil, or about 500 barrels, poured out into the northern tundra out of a small hole in the Ukhta-Yaroslavl pipeline near the city of Kotlas, 900 kilometers northeast of Moscow, the news agency reported.


A few weeks ago, oil leaked from another pipeline running along a subsidiary to the Volga River, polluting the drinking water supply of dozens of villages. At the time officials said about 100 metric tons of crude had spilled, but later acknowledged they had grossly underestimated the amount.