Photo: Official website of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district
Volunteer ecologists have collected more than 120 tons of scrap metal during the summer expeditions on Vilkitsky island in the Kara sea. To clean the entire area will need up to four years, reports TASS with reference to the press service of the Governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YANAO).
“Representatives of the Russian state University of oil and gas named after Gubkin took samples of soil from different areas of the island, after laboratory tests of samples they will be offered the options of means for cleaning the soil of the island from spilled petroleum products and other contaminants”, — stated in the message.
Work will continue to clear the island. They are held by sponsors, which are “NOVATEK”, “LUKOIL — Western Siberia” and “Transneft”.
According to the Deputy Governor, Director of Department international and foreign economic ties of the region Alexander Majarov in the working groups consisted of volunteers from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Israel. They collected 2.6 thousand steel drums 800 of them with fuels and lubricants. Also from metal, cleaned all the constructions located on the territory of the polar station, said the press service.
According to TASS, the Vilkitsky island located in the East of the Kara sea, between the Ob and Yenisei lip of the Bay is uninhabited and is a length of about 18 kilometers. Since 1954, the island functioned weather station, since 2011 it is translated into the format is automatic. In 2017 there started environmental activities.
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