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. (shpilenok.com)
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.