Association of Reintegration of Crimea has sent a submission to international environmental protection structures over an oil spill into the Black Sea from a Russian terminal near Novorossiysk. The association said on its website that the European Environment Agency had already launched an investigation.
"Yesterday, our association sent the official demands to all relevant intergovernmental and independent organizations regarding the ecological disaster happened on 7th of August, 2021 when 100 tonnes of oil have leaked off to the Black Sea near the city of Novorossiysk (Russia) from the terminal owned by the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) the statement reads.
The organization noted that even Russian environmental activists have already acknowledged that the cause of this catastrophe has its roots in the CPC's economic policy, which reduced the cost of combating pollution in 2019-2020. Now the consortium has no special vessels to eliminate oil.
In the submission, the Association emphasizes that Russia as the occupying state has the obligation to protect the unique nature and environmental systems of Ukraine’s Crimea, that is illegally controlled by Russia.
The oil spill near Novorossiysk was reported on August 7. The reason was the burst release of oil from the Hellenic tanker Minerva Symphony in the Black Sea during loading from the CPC terminal.