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Social Setbacks as Big Oil Expands Pipelines

Predominantly foreign male workers who relocated to build massive oil and gas projects, combined with feeble gender policies, have brought prostitution, human trafficking, poverty, HIV/AIDS and greater burdens for local communities around those projects, new research finds.

This array of problems was found at two of the world's largest pipeline projects, the 3.2-billion-dollar Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and [...]

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Ecology watchdog: Sakhalin Energy violated pipeline route plan

A stretch of a pipeline in the Sakhalin II energy project has been illegally laid through the territory of a national preserve, Russia's environmental watchdog said Friday.
Oleg Mitvol, the deputy head of the Federal Service for the Oversight of Natural Resources, who is currently leading a probe into the project on the island of Sakhalin, [...]

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Russian Official Demands Shutdown of Sakhalin-2 Pipeline Project

Deputy head of Russia's environmental watchdog Rosprirodnadzor Oleg Mitvol said on Thursday, Sept. 28, that construction of gas pipeline within the framework of Sakhalin-2 oil and gas projects in Russia's Far East must be stopped.

"Further work to build the Sakhalin-2 pipeline as it has been done to date is inadmissible," Mitvol said, quoted by RIA [...]

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Putin takes hard line on Shell Sakhalin dispute

Russia's dispute with Shell over the future of the Sakhalin-2 project took an ominous twist last night when President Putin demanded government action against companies that break licensing agreements.
Mr Putin, in a televised meeting with Yuri Trutnev, the Natural Resources Minister, said: "I am counting on the Ministry and the Government as a whole making [...]

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Campaigners attack Shell’s charity arm over Sakhalin talks

An attempt by Shell to portray itself as a model of corporate social responsibility was undermined last night after Whitehall documents showed its charitable arm discussing a key commercial project with a British government minister.
The multinational oil company says the charity it funds - the Shell Foundation - is completely independent and contributes nothing towards [...]

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Gazprom to buy all gas produced by Sakhalin PSA projects

The operators of the Sakhalin 1 and Sakhalin 2 PSA projects, now experiencing problems with official Russian agencies, may receive additional opportunities for bargaining with the state. This could mean they will be able to settle some of the disputes.
A spokesman for energy giant Gazprom said Wednesday his company was ready to buy all gas [...]

Friday, September 29th, 2006

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