After the ethno-examination, 700 indigenous peoples representatives can claim compensation from Norilsk Nickel30.09.2020
Let me remind you that on May 29, 2020, 21 tons of diesel fuel spilled from the reservoir owned by Norilsk Nickel. Fuel got into the Ambarnaya river and polluted both the river banks and lake Pyasino. To assess the damage to the Arctic indigenous peoples, which are engaged in traditional hunting, fishing and collecting in the contaminated area, an ethnological examination was conducted. The experts started working on June 25, and the results were summed up only in mid-September.
During the ethno-expertise work near Norilsk, 700 people from among the indigenous peoples who follow the traditions of nature management were identified. As of September 16, Norilsk Nickel promised indigenous peoples to build venison processing shops, fish processing shops and a fish factory, purchase two refrigeration units, and build an ethnocomplex with sewing workshops where fur products will be made. But what kind of fish will be processed at the fish factory if the river and lakes are poisoned? Restoring ecosystems is the most important task, but it is not yet clear how to do it. Norilsk Nickel does not have an ecosystem restoration plan, and local residents and indigenous peoples representatives have not received any help.