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EU losing faith in Russia energy charter scheme

The EU is coming round to the realisation that Russia will not in the foreseeable future ratify the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) - a major deal on energy market access - with the European Commission set to offer Russia an alternative energy market model in its new pact for EU-Russiarelations.
"The Russians are not very keen [...]

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Kunashir airport closed, air links to island severed

The Mendeleevo Airport in Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Kunashir was closed indefinitely on October 15 as it was declared unsuitable for landing and take-offs. On Saturday, October 14, two An-24 planes took 52 passengers from Kunashir to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
The head of the Southern Kurils district, Igor Koval, who arrived in Sakhalin on board the last of the two planes, [...]

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Resistance mounting to Sakhalin Energy inspectors

The attempt to protect nature in the Sakhalin-2 project has entered a vital phase, as inspectors from the Federal Nature Usage Supervisory Services encounter mounting resistance, service deputy head Oleg Mitvol told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
Acting head of the Sakhalin department of the Federal Nature Usage Supervisory Service Dmitry Belanovich has been summoned to the Sakhalin [...]

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Shell awaits more Sakhalin environment claims

Royal Dutch Shell aid on Tuesday that Russian officials may hit its $20 billion (10.7 billion pounds) Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project with a slew of new environmental claims just as it resolves a list of existing complaints.
Chris Finlayson, head of Shell in Russia, said the company had dealt with 97 percent of the alleged [...]

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Russian authorities relax pressure on Shell over Sakhalin II

Pressure on oil major Royal Dutch Shell over a vast oil and gas project in Russia's Far East, which has come under attack over environmental destruction allegations, seemed to lift Tuesday.
Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko said the project's 1994 production sharing agreement would remain unchanged, while a Moscow district court refused to consider a lawsuit by [...]

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Russia’s New Environmentalist? The Kremlin

As if taking a cue from its green-wannabe neighbor, the Russian government has lately started to use its strong-arm tactics to protect the environment. In the most visible case, the Kremlin is parroting concerns that local environmentalists have made for years about two offshore oil projects around near-pristine Sakhalin Island, along the Siberian coast. While [...]

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

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