Whatever terrors the U.S. oil industry might come up with, the Russian oil industry is worse. Greenpeace’s Jon Burgwald recently visited Usinsk, a frigid city that’s a major Russian oil outpost. The oil pollution is so bad in this area that thawing rivers run black with oil. There’s even oil ice, which you can see in this footage:
Burgwald notes that “the same amount of oil that wrecked the Gulf coast spews from Russian oil fields into the freezing waters of the Arctic Ocean every 18 months.” And people living in this area used to actually depend on rivers like these for drinking water. Even worse, some still do.
- Russia’s oil leaks – a forgotten disaster , Greenpeace
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