Pipeline burst causes oil spill in central Russia

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YEKATERINBURG, March 9 (RIA Novosti) - About 5,000 barrels of crude oil spilled from a burst pipeline in a central Russian republic Wednesday, local emergency officials said.

The Nizhnevartovsk-Kurgan-Kuibyshev pipeline ruptured in Bashkortostan, in the southern Ural Mountains, spraying oil over an area of some 5,400 square feet, officials said.

They said the leak presented no threat to public health.

More than 120 people are involved in an ongoing cleanup operation.

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