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    MOSCOW, May 19 (RIA Novosti) - An oil pipeline rupture has resulted in five metric tons of oil spewing into the island of Sakhalin in Russia's Far East, a Natural Resources Ministry statement said Friday.

    "An oil spill was reported May 18 at a section of Katangli-Dagi pipeline," the statement said.

    The pipeline crosses about 800 rivers and streams on the island.

    The ministry added that monitoring had not established any pollution of nearby water basins on Sakhalin, where several industrial energy projects are under way.

    Local emergencies services shut off the section and localized the spill, and measures are being taken to collect the oil from the ground, the ministry said.

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