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Greenpeace Reports New Russian Oil Spill

November 07, 1994| Associated Press

MOSCOW — A new rupture in a 31-mile pipeline has spilled nearly 4 million gallons of oil in Russia's far north just miles from the site of a huge spill this fall, an environmental group said Sunday.

Greenpeace Russia said it discovered the new spill 40 miles north of the oil town of Usinsk on Friday. A duty officer at the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations said the ministry had no information on any new spill.

Greenpeace Russia said the oil had been set ablaze and that a mile-long stream of burning oil fed by lakes of oil two feet deep cut across the tundra.

"This is a major oil disaster," the group's Paul Horsman said.

The earlier spill, also north of Usinsk and about 1,000 miles northeast of Moscow, resulted from a series of ruptures along the pipeline over the past few months.

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