Russia's giant Komi oil spills (37288 bytes) are not likely to pollute the Arctic Ocean or foreign shores, two U.S. Senate committees have been told. The spills are about 25 miles north of Usinsk in Komi republic of the Russian federation. In July and August 1994, persistent leaks occurred along a 32-mile, 26 in., 800,000 b/d pipeline operated by Russia's Komineft. Heavy rains last fall caused the water level of the swampy area to breach dams, spilling large volumes of crude into creeks and rivers. Robert Huggett, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official, says the Komi spill is unlikely to pollute the Arc...

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