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Russian Government: Sakhalin Subcontractors Broke Logging Laws

A spokesman for Sakhalin Energy said he could not immediately comment because he hadn't yet studied the statement by the environmental agency, Rosprirodnadzor. But he said that construction on the two pipelines - one for crude oil and one for natural gas - had been brought to a halt at Sakhalin Energy's own initiative.
The deputy [...]

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Russia frees 2 fishermen

Two crew members of a crabbing boat seized in mid-August off the disputed northern territories by the Russian Border Coast Guard for allegedly poaching in Russian-claimed waters were released Wednesday to a fisheries patrol boat belonging to the Hokkaido government and returned to Nemuro, Hokkaido, later in the day.

Akiyoshi Kawamura, 29, and Haruki Kamiya, 25, [...]

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Russia tells Shell to review pipelines

Russia's environmental watchdog, which has already ordered to Royal Dutch Shell to stop work on onshore pipelines on Sakhalin, said on Wednesday the group needed to redraw the plan.
"Onshore pipeline construction can be resumed only after the project is reworked, that it meets all environmental requirements and is discussed with scientists and independent environmental organisations," [...]

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Waters of Protest: Japanese boats made territorial claims to Russia

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs voiced protest to Japanese ambassador in Moscow due to the penetration of 39 Japanese fishing boats into Russia's maritime belt. The Ministry took the incident as provocation. The actions of Japanese fishermen were the response to the scandal with Kissin Maru vessel, the purpose of which is to show that [...]

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Sakhalin Coast Guard Will Free 2 Japanese Fishermen

Sakhalin's coast guard will release two of the three Japanese fishermen they have been holding since they seized a boat accused of illegal fishing -- an incident in which one crewmen was killed -- news agencies reported Tuesday.
The boat's captain is to remain in custody and could face trial on charges of violating the border [...]

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Shell Sakhalin unit halts pipeline work

Sakhalin Energy, a Royal Dutch Shell Plc-led venture that's one of Russia's biggest oil and gas projects, halted pipeline construction because of environmental concerns, a step it said won't put back production.
Subcontractors ignoring licence conditions in a sensitive landslide area on Sakhalin Island prompted the halt, company spokesman Ivan Chernyakhovsky said by telephone in Moscow.
The [...]

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

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