The accident was caused the collapse of a fuel tank at the plant, which is owned by a subsidiary company of Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium.
In a televised governmental meeting, Mr Putin criticised the head of the company and local government officials for their perceived slow reaction to the environmental catastrophe.
The governor of the region, Alexander Uss, told President Putin in an earlier meeting that they’d only discovered that the incident had occurred because ‘alarming information appeared in social media’ on Sunday.
Putin asked the subsidiary company chief Sergei Lupin: “Why did government agencies only find out about this two days after the fact?
Putin of Russia state of emergency in a region in N Siberia after 20,000 tons of diesel spilled into a river. Oil spill turned a river crimson, is threat to Arctic environment after foundation of storage tank sinks, thawing permafrost “dead fish, polluted birds, poisoned animals”
The incident occurred last Friday and saw more than 20,000 tonnes of diesel fuel spilled into a river near to the Siberian city of Norislk, which is 1,800 miles northeast of the capital Moscow.