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Japanese Bulk Carrier Splits Apart as Mauritian Authorities Work to Contain Oil Spill

A Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground on a reef in Mauritius last month threatening a marine ecological disaster around the Indian Ocean island has broken apart, authorities said on Saturday. The condition of the MV Wakashio was worsening early …

Explainer: Assessing Liabilities from Massive Mauritius Oil Spill

A Japanese bulk carrier struck a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius on July 25, spilling about 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil and triggering a state of “environmental emergency.” Scientists say the spill is the country’s …

Mauritius Seeks Compensation from Owners of Cargo Vessel After Massive Oil Spill

Mauritius is seeking compensation from the owners of the cargo carrier that run aground and spilled oil off its coast, causing the island nation’s worst ever ecological disaster. More than half of about 1,000 tons of fuel that leaked from …

Oil Leak from Cargo Ship Pollutes Mauritius Beaches as Insurers Assess Liability

The oil cleanup from a leaking cargo ship that ran aground off the coast of Mauritius continues while the government and insurance firms begin probing liability for the accident. The incident has befouled the white-sand beaches of the Mauritian coast …

Russia Requires Firms to Develop Financial/Insurance Contingency Plans for Oil Spills

President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring companies involved in oil production or handling other hydrocarbons to have adequate resources for a contingency plan in the case of a spill. The law makes it mandatory for companies to have …

Russia’s Nornickel Denies Allegations of Cover-Up over Arctic Oil Spill

Pressure is mounting on Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel over an Arctic oil spill that has wiped about 17% off its share price, left it with a hefty compensation bill and exposed it to accusations of covering up the full …

Russian Regulator Seeks $2B in Damages from Nornickel for Arctic Fuel Spill

Russia’s environmental watchdog has asked a power subsidiary of Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) to pay almost 148 billion roubles ($2 billion) in damages over an Arctic fuel spill in Siberia. Rosprirodnadzor said in a statement on Monday that …

Unprecedented Arctic Diesel Spill Angers Putin and Could Force Green Reform in Russia

The mishandling of the biggest Arctic oil spill ever infuriated Russian President Vladimir Putin and could give a boost to the country’s environmental regulation. MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC, Russia’s biggest miner, didn’t make a public statement until two days after …

Major Fuel Spill in Russian Arctic Moves Closer to Arctic Ocean: Regional Official

Diesel fuel from a major spill in Russia’s Arctic has reached a pristine lake which is the basin for a river flowing into the Arctic Ocean, a regional official said on Tuesday, but the mining giant embroiled in the scandal …

Massive Fuel Spill in Siberia Blamed on Melting Permafrost – or Climate Change

A massive fuel spill in Siberia prompted Russia to declare a state of emergency in the region as the mining company involved said the catastrophe may have been caused by climate change. Scientists have warned for years that thawing of …