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Oil Tanker Runs Aground On Russian Black Sea Coast --> (RFE/RL) February 18, 2007 -- An oil tanker carrying 1,400 tons of diesel and heating oil ran aground near the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, Interfax reported today.

The agency quoted Russian disaster officials as saying that the accident took place overnight as a result of a navigation error when the position of the vessel's anchor was being changed.

There are plans to pump the oil onto another ship.

The Post-Soviet Environment
The skull of a male saiga antelope in Kalmykia. Saiga numbers have collapsed disastrously over the last decade. (

THE FRAGILE PLANET: Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, old environmental disasters have come to light and new ones have emerged. War, poverty, and weak central-government control have led to serious environmental problems from Eastern Europe to the Russian Far East. RFE/RL has provided extensive coverage of these important issues and of efforts to cope with them.


Saiga Antelope's Saga Attracts New Allies

Project To Reverse Aral Sea Damage Making Progress

Iraqi Marshes Show Signs Of Strong Recovery

Deforestation Rampant In South And Central Asia

Environmentalist Says BTC Pipeline Could Be 'Death Of Caspian'

Scientists Raise Alarm As Man-Made Deserts Spread

Nature Waits For Cross-Border Sanctuaries To Catch On

Central Asian Vllagers Encouraged To Protect Snow Leopards

Environmentalists Raise Concerns About Russian Ecology Policy


RFE/RL coverage of environmental issues.