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Cleanup launched for oil pipeline spill in south Russia

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PYATIGORSK, December 9 (RIA Novosti) - Cleanup operations were launched Saturday to remove a pipeline oil spill in the southern Russian province of Stavropol.

An estimated 353 barrels of oil has leaked from the Kavkaz pipeline through a hole apparently made to siphon off some of the crude.

"According to preliminary information, the spill is a result of illegal tapping [into the pipeline]," the Emergency Situations Ministry's Stavropol branch said.

"The total land area covered by it is 3 hectares [7.4 acres]."

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