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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Saratov to Sue Over Oil

SARATOV, Russia -- After suffering from multiple oil leaks in recent years, authorities in this Volga River city plan to sue a pipeline operator following a major oil spill, an official said Thursday.

Some 1,500 metric tons of oil leaked from a ruptured pipeline Sunday in the latest spill near Saratov, 700 kilometers southeast of Moscow.

The region's Ecology and Natural Resources Committee plans to file suit for ecological damage against the operator, the Saratov branch of the state-owned Transneft Company, said the committee's head Alexander Malikov.