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Oil industry may be to blame for yellow snow in Sakhalin

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YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, February 22 (RIA Novosti) - A blanket of yellowish snow has covered a town on Russia's oil-rich Far East island of Sakhalin, off the Pacific coast, local emergencies officials said Wednesday.

Samples of the snow, which has a strong odor and an oily texture, have been sent to a chemical laboratory for tests, the officials said. It may be a result of the environmental pollution caused by the island's oil and natural gas industry.

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