The Court Fined Russian Railways $550 for Spilling Fuel Oil Near Kovrov

The verdict was rendered taking into account mitigating circumstances

The Kameshkovsky District Court found JSC “Russian Railways” guilty under the administrative article “spoilage of land as a result of violations of the rules with another substance hazardous to human health and the environment (heating oil). The reason for that was the incident that occurred on November 16, 2020, when the freight train cars derailed near Novki-1 station.

Emergency rule was imposed in the region for a couple of days because of the leakage of oil products. Investigators established that the accident was caused by repair works at the station – when the train arrived, the railwaymen did not manage to connect the point to the actuator, which resulted in the transfer of cars to another line and their derailment.

Rosprirodnadzor initiated an administrative case against Russian Railways and the train owner. Materials were sent to Kameshkovsky district court for review under jurisdiction. Russian Railways was issued an order to eliminate the detected violations and an offer to voluntarily compensate environmental damage in the amount of 32.4 million rubles.

In April, it became known that the company was not going to pay the above amount voluntarily. Russian Railways felt that it had sufficiently compensated for the damage when it eliminated the consequences of the accident. The company did indeed report almost daily on the progress of remediation work. So, in December, the employees fully accomplished technical measures to clean the territory of 9.8 thousand square meters from the fuel oil, as well as took out all the 34 derailed tanks. In May, the land was to be treated with oil-oxidizing biopreparations made of a mixture of microbial cultures.

The court considered it as a mitigating circumstance and fined the company only 40 thousand rubles. The judicial act did not come into force.

Let us add that cleaning of the territory should not exempt the guilty person from paying compensation for environmental damage. This was reported to ProVladimir by Elena Sakirko, head of the energy department of Greenpeace Russia. According to her, it is impossible to completely eliminate the fuel oil spill.

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