Russian mining company Nornickel has confirmed 44.5 tons of crude oil spill near the Russian city of Norilsk near the Arctic Ocean.
The affected pipelines were closed for security reasons because of the proximity of the spill to the city of Norilsk, about 100 kilometers away.
However, the company has ensured that the spill does not pose a risk to residents, despite the fact that the Russian government has opened an investigation as it is not the first time that such an incident has affected the company.
Nornickel, a producer of refined nickel and palladium, was also responsible for another blow to the local environment at the end of May when 21,000 tons of oil escaped from a cogeneration plant towards the sea.
Nornickel has also admitted to pouring thousands of liters of highly toxic liquid waste into rivers.