St. Petersburgs Motor Oil Mess

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Shelves loaded with several thousands tons of packaged motor oil collapsed in a St. Petersburg, Russia, warehouse on July 15, causing an oil spill about the size of a soccer field.

The packaged motor oil is owned by the Moscow-based X5 Retail Group, Russias largest food retailer in terms of sales. The company operates several retail formats: the soft discounter chain under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and convenience stores under different brands.

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The city investigative committee opened a preliminary investigation into the spill that happened south of the city, in the industrial zone Shushary.

The spill occurred in the morning of July 15 after a collapse of the [warehouses] system of shelves, where motor oil was stored, the committee said in a press release Monday. As a result, a territory of 5,000 square meters was contaminated.

The committee will determine appropriate legal proceedings after receiving the results of the preliminary investigation.

The oil spillage, wont limit the supply of motor oil in our three stores in the city, the company said Tuesday. The stores have enough supply of motor oil products until the oil spill incident at the [Shushary] unloading center is resolved.

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