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March 23, 2023

Crude oil spill in Cotmeana River

Nearly 500 litres of crude oil and 400 litres of salted water spilled in the Cotmeana River, Arges Co, yesterday, after a petroleum main pipe belonging to OMV Petrom had broken open. OMV Petrom workers stopped pumping the crude, sealed off the area and installed four straw-containing absorbing dykes aimed at retaining the crude on the Radioasa Valley, and eight more such dykes on the Cotmeana River. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MMP) yesterday announced that OMV Petrom had been fined RON 100,000 by the National Environment Guard commissaries for the crude oil pollution of Cotmeana River. Mediafax reports that Ioan Ene, Chief Inspector of the Arges Environmental Guard, said that the crude spread fast into the river and onto its banks, damaging local flora and fauna.

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