Over 14,000 barrels of oil spilled into the stream as a result of a large-scale leak at the major Keystone oil pipeline in the US state of Kansas. But the Western media kept silent about this incident. Official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova criticized the actions of the media.
Head of the public movement “Open Coast”, ecologist Sergei Menzheritsky commented on the situation in an interview with Pravda.Ru.
He noted that at oil spill nature perishes at the scene for many years, since it takes time for the oily liquid to decompose. Due to damage to the soil cover, entire links of the ecosystem suffer: animals, plants, and the earth.
“This is very bad, it is very dangerous. There is another very important aspect – the ingress of oil products into surface water horizons: nearby streams and rivers. This is generally, so to speak, the worst thing that can happen, because then huge areas are infected, all this carried by streams, rivers, including the river fauna and flora, are dying,” the expert said.
Spilled oil can damage tens and hundreds of kilometers of river resources. Large investments will be required to clean up the ecosystem. It takes at least 10-15 years for the self-healing of nature, Menzheritsky noted.