Experts suggest stop using oil fuels in the Arctic
The public council of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed phasing out the use of oil fuel in the Arctic and replacing it with liquefied natural gas (LNG).
"It would be advisable to gradually abandon the use of oil fuels in the Arctic. This measure would reduce harmful emissions and eliminate the risk of oil spills. The environmental and economic benefit of LNG in the Russian Arctic has already been confirmed and many large economic entities based their environmental strategy on the use of LNG," the council's message says.
The council also highlighted the importance of inspecting Arctic facilities to monitor their compliance with all requirements.
"The accidents are largely caused by the inadequate technical condition of the infrastructure, inaccurate evaluation of environmental risks by organizations and insufficient environmental safety measures and oversight by relevant agencies," the document says.