Water near Khalaktyrsky Beach of Kamchatka poisoned by a commercial tanker leak

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Poisoning of water in the area of Khalaktyrsky beach in Russia’s Kamchatka region, according to preliminary data, was caused by oil products leak from a commercial tanker.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation announced on October 3 that the ecological situation in the region is under the control of federal and regional authorities. It is expected that on October 5 the results of the water samples will be known, after which the authorities will decide on further actions, Russian media reported on Saturday.

Poisoning of water in the area of Khalaktyrsky beach in Russia’s Kamchatka region, according to preliminary data, was caused by oil products leak from a commercial tanker, which was eliminated, Russian News Agency TASS reported.

“According to preliminary data, a commercial tanker followed the sea route along the beach with a leak, which was eliminated but led to a spill of oil products containing phenol. The vessel’s ownership has not yet been established, a search is underway,” the source said to Russian News Agency TASS reported.

It was reported earlier that an excess of phenol and oil products was found in the coastal zone near Khalaktyrsky beach, where, according to local residents, a massive stranding of sea animals was seen on the shore. Later, phenol and oil products were identified in three more areas of the Avachinsky Bay in the Kamchatka region. The Russian Investigative Committee began a procedural check of information about the mass death of sea animals on Kamchatka beaches.

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