GAZFLOT still does not comment on the unlawful boring but makes reference to the law
GAZFLOT officials have arrived to Kamchatka to become familiar with all materials of the administrative case in connection with violations of environmental legislation. In early September ROSPRIRODNADZOR Department in the Far East initiated an investigation in connection with unauthorized borings conducted by GAZFLOT despite the fact that the project had not been approved of by state environmental expertise.
Administrative investigation is being conducted in connection with violations by GAZFLOT of the following articles:
- Article 8.4. of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation. Violation of terms of conducting an environmental expertise;
- Article 8.13. of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation. Violation of rules for protection of water bodies;
- Article 8.14. of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation. Violation of rules for water consumption;
- Article 8.17. of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation. Violation of standards (regulations, rules) regulating operation in internal sea waters, in territorial sea, on continental shelf and/or in exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation or violation of license terms;
- Article 8.21. of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation. Violation of rules for protection of the atmospheric air.
Findings of the administrative investigation are to be announced soon.
During the visit of GAZFLOT executives to ROSPRIRODNADZOR’s office officials of WWF Kamchatka-based branch office met with Aleksey Khorunzhiy, Adviser to GAZFLOT General Manager and Evgeniy Mazo, Head of GAZFLOT Department for environmental protection.
“All questions asked by WWF representatives regarding drill works and violations of law were answered by GAZFLOT executives in a way as follows: You are going to receive a response in written form within time period stipulated by law. However, they did not mention what law they meant,” says Sergey Rafanov, Head of WWF Kamchatka-based branch office. “What is more, Russia’s WWF office submitted official inquiries both to OAO GAZPROM and OOO GAZFLOT on September 27th; no formal response has been made yet by either company.”
Despite clear violations of nature conservative legislation, GAZFLOT continues to drill. Two lots of drill sludge extracted from the drill site on the continental shelf of Western Kamchatka have already been delivered to the port of Magadan. According to the information furnished by Magadan-based Center for environmental protection drill sludge delivered by GAZFLOT’s vessels is being processed by a company called “Magadan-Service-Ecology”. No results of the biological test have been received yet to confirm toxicity class of the wastes.
“Transportation of wastes and its disposal without any documents confirming waste toxicity class is a gross violation of terms of the nature conservative legislation,” - says Olga Moskvina, Head of Magadan-based Center for environmental protection. “Magadan-based ROSPRIRODNADZOR’s office is conducting an administrative investigation against OOO GAZFLOT and its subcontractor.”