1,600-liter barrel of diesel captured on film as it falls from governor’s helicopter into sea near Pyramiden

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A 1,600-liter barrel of diesel fell from a helicopter into the water near Pyramiden while it being carried by one of The Governor of Svalbard’s aircraft, with those transporting the fuel lacking the equipment to contain the spill before it dispersed into the sea, according to officials.

The incident was captured on film by Adam Sébire, a student from Australia, who was on the ground while the helicopter was attempting to bring the fuel to Avinor’s base station on Torfjellet on Friday.

“There was strong current in the area,” Police Chief Lt. Trond Olsen told Svalbardposten. “The governor did not have equipment on hand to clean it up with the hand. That is why the diesel disappeared into the sea.”

Because the governor is responsible for the helicopter and knows the pilots, the incident is being investigated by other officials.

“It is therefore decided that the case will be forwarded to the prosector’s office in Troms and Finnmark, with request for a parliamentary hearing,” Terje Carlsen, a spokesman for the governor, told NRK.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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