600 hectares covered with oil wastes in Mangistau oblast 29 апреля 2013, 18:13
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Polluted lands. Photo courtesy of Lada.kz
600 hectares of land are covered with oil wastes in Mangistau oblast in western Kazakhstan, Lada writes. According to the regional Akim (Governor) Alik Aidarbayev, 2.2 million tons of oil wastes are scattered across the territory. He called oil companies to take better care to solve ecological problems. “Subsoil users have to deal with the issues of utilization not through some pilot project, but use solid approach and construct highly-effective units for soil treatment,” Aidarbayev said. Aidarbayev suggested to use liquefied gas as fuel for ships as one of the opinions for resolving ecological problems. “KazMorTransFlot plans to construct ferries with double-fuel engines working both on diesel and gas. It is also possible to construct mini plants for production of liquefied natural gas. This could also help solve the problem of fuel supplies to remote areas,” Akim of Mangistau oblast said.