the Bill requires organizations and enterprises of oil and oil products to generate plans for prevention and spill response. The plan was adopted on the conclusion about the readiness of operating organization to localize and eliminate consequences of oil spills and oil products, made according to the results of integrated exercises, as well as in agreement with Rosprirodnadzor. To develop and adopt appropriate plans of prevention and liquidation of spills are required by all organizations and enterprises working with petroleum products until January 1, 2024. “We set requirements for the development of plans of prevention and liquidation of spills of oil and oil products on land for everyone who actually works with hydrocarbons and produced from it products, by analogy with the existing provisions of the law on the seas and on the continental shelf. It is a production, processing, manufacturing, storage and other stages of handling of petroleum products,” said Victoria Abramchenko.
in addition, the project includes specific mechanisms for funding oil spill contingency. We are talking about the Bank guarantee, the insurance agreement, the document which confirms the establishment of the operating organization or multiple organizations operating reserve Fund necessary for the implementation of liquidation activities. All kinds of financial support directed to compensation in full the harm caused to the environment, life, health and property of citizens, property of legal entities as a result of spills of oil and oil products.
the bill Also fixes the order of required actions in case of spills. In particular, the organization shall notify the fact of the spill, the Federal and regional authorities, as well as to work on containment and spill response in accordance with the previously developed plan. After the liquidation the owner or operator must conduct a remediation and other restoration work, and to compensate in full the harm caused to the environment, life, health and property of citizens, property of legal entities, as well as the costs of attraction of additional forces and means of the unified state system of prevention and liquidation of emergency situations. Amendments to environmental legislation are scheduled to take during the spring session. “They will allow for systematic work on the prevention and elimination of spills of oil and oil products,” – said Deputy Prime Minister.