According to the initial findings, the source of pollution of the sea and the coast in Kostrena Municipality was the drain pipe in which hydrocarbons have accumulated and were flushed into the sea by heavy rainfall in the past few days. According to oil company INA, which owns the Rijeka refinery, the cleaning process is expected to be finished soon.
The incident occurred on Thursday when hydrocarbons have spilled into the sea and broke through the protective dam. Specialized companies were notified immediately and affected area was quickly enclosed by floating booms in order to stop the pollution from spreading. The representatives of INA said that the affected area has about 100 square meters and the cleaning process is expected to be finished today, while there were no interruptions in the refinery’s operation.
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Tags: Croatia, incident, oil, pollution, refinery, Rijeka