19 Dec '11, 10pm

Russia Spills 5 Million Tons of Oil, Equivalent to 6 BP Disasters, Every Year

Russia Spills 5 Million Tons of Oil, Equivalent to 6 BP Disasters, Every Year

Marine Photo Bank via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 Russia, it turns out, sucks at more things than not killing journalists. It also sucks at not spilling tons of oil into pristine environments every year. A new study shows that the oil-rich nation spills 5 million tons of oil every year. To put that into perspective, that's the equivalent of having a Deepwater Horizon-scale oil disaster every two months. And it accounts for a full 1% of the nation's output. That's just bad business. The AP has more (via Grist ): Crumbling infrastructure and a harsh climate combine to spell disaster in the world's largest oil producer, responsible for 13 percent of global output. Oil, stubbornly seeping through rusty pipelines and old wells, contaminates soil, kills all plants that grow on it and destroys habitats for mammals and birds . Half a million tons every year get into rivers that flow into th...

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