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Sakhalin: Crab catches banned

Quotas for crab catches have been slashed by 20 percent for the year 2008 and the catches are allowed for scientific purposes only, a spokesman for Goskomrybolovstvo, or Russian Fishing Committee, Alexander Savelyev said Wednesday.
According to Goskomrybolovstvo’s fishing quotas, allowable quotas for crab stand at 51,761 metric tons, a 20-percent decrease compared to 61, [...]

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Russian environmental body says Sakhalin Energy owes 390 mln roubls in fines

Russia's environmental regulator said on Wednesday it is fining the operator of the Sakhalin II oil and gas project in the Far East more than 390 million rubles ($15.8 million) for deforestation.
Oleg Mitvol, deputy head of Rosprirodnadzor, said Sakhalin Energy had the option of paying the damages voluntarily. Otherwise, "the damages will be obtained [...]

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

A clean bill of health for Sakhalin-2 energy project in Russia

An environmental impact report produced for potential lenders to the Sakhalin-2 oil and natural gas development project in Russia's Far East gave an overall green light, with some reservations, to the project.
The report, to be released Tuesday, is important for the viability of the $20 billion project because it allows for a series of [...]

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Number of Far East wildfires doubles, area increases tenfold

The total area of fires raging in the Russian Far East has increased tenfold, from 18 to 170 hectares (44.5 to 420 acres), in the past 24 hours, a source in the local emergencies service said Thursday.
The number of fires in Far Eastern taiga doubled - from four to eight - but currently pose no [...]

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

US Investors Can’t Understand Russian Environmentalists

Russian environmental regulator Oleg Mitvol on Friday completed his tour to the United States where he met with America's major investors. The deputy head of the Natural Resources Oversight Agency called the trip a success, but the businessmen had another impression. Several investment bankers said their clients are now considering leaving Russian markets. Oleg Mitvol, [...]

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Russian watchdog warns of bogus oil reserves

Several foreign oil and mining companies operating in Russia have been overstating reserves by as much as 800 percent, the deputy head of Russia's environment watchdog said on Wednesday.
"This is a new kind of business that has unfortunately appeared to have started in Russia," Oleg Mitvol told Reuters in an interview. "There is no Russian [...]

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

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