Mangistau Oblast, Kazakhstan; 30 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- An oil pipeline in Kazakhstan ruptured and leaked some 200 metric tons of oil in Kazakhstan's western Mangistau Oblast.
Kazakhstan's Ministry of Emergency Situations said the rupture in the Kalamaks-Kuranzhanbas-Aktau pipeline was caused by rust. The leak was detected last evening in a 500-meter section of the pipeline near the Caspian Sea.
The leak was reportedly under control. The Ministry of Emergency Situations said the pipeline would be completely repaired soon and for now the leak has been stopped by a dirt wall workers quickly built.