The Russian Federation oil giants Transneft and Rosneft reported about the oil spill in the Black Sea near the town of Tuapse with a 14 hours delay and deliberately underreported the scale of the accident, WWF Russia stated, Censor.NET reports citing Novoie Vremia
"WWF Russia has information that the spill occurred at about 01:30 a.m. Dec. 24 while the Civil Services and the media received this information only at about 03:30 p.m. the same day," the World Wildlife Fund statement reads.
The organization notes that the Adviser to the President of Transneft Igor Demin claimed that 8.4 cubic meters of oil were spilled due to the pipeline damage. However, according to the WWF, the volume of the spill is a hundred times greater than these figures and, according to the preliminary estimates, is up to 500-700 tons.
"Transneft and Rosneft actions in the first hours after the accident repeat the old problems of the industry - delayed notification of appropriate services and understating of the spill extent. And these are the key factors that determine the effectiveness of the response," Russian fuel and energy complex environmental policy WWF program head Alexey Knizhnikov said.
Thousands of water fowl and semi-aquatic animals may perish as a result of the oil spill in Tuapse, WWF noted.
The organization has also asked ScanEx research and development center for operational satellite information which would show the pollution extent and dynamics.
Recall, the accident on the pipeline, which belongs to Chernomortransneft, took place near the village of Grecheskoye at night Dec. 24. 8.4 cubic meters of oil got into the Tuapse River as well as in the Black Sea due to Tikhoretsk - Tuapse-2 pipeline damage.