Massive Russian spill threatens Arctic.
But around Oct. 1, heavy rains caused some of the oil-holding dikes to collapse, Komineft acknowledged last week. The body of crude released -- variously described as anywhere from one-half to eight times the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill -- fouled miles of local rivers and streams.
Cold weather has slowed the spilled oil's flow rate, and cleanup technologies have removed much of the crude. But Russian officials warn that once the area thaws next spring, the remaining oil may continue wending its way north toward the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean.
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|Title Annotation:||spill one-half to eight times size of 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill fouls rivers and streams mear Usinsk, Russia, near Arctic Circle|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Nov 5, 1994|
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