Russia: Residents sound the alarm on repeated oil leaks in Komi Republic
Residents of several isolated, rural communities in Russia's Komi Republic have become fed up with recurrent oil leaks in their local waterways.
First, they noticed oil slicks in the Kolva River, caused by a leak in an oil pipeline operated by Lukoil, one of Russia's largest oil and gas companies. The leak caused 100 tonnes of oil to seep into the river.
Then, local teacher Ekaterina Diachkova discovered a greyish liquid pooling in a stream in the forest of a nearby village. She took samples of the water to analyse the pollutant.
The FRANCE 24 Observers talked to Diachkova about the recurrent oil leaks that occur in this region.