Gazprom now responsible for Sakhalin nature conservation
According to Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller, the gas holding purchased 50 percent plus one share in Sakhalin Energy, the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project, from Shell, Mitsui and Mitsubishi Corporation, for $7.45 billion. In a press-release, Gazprom confirms that the Sakhalin Energy company will remain the Sakhalin-2 project operator and Gazprom will be a key participant of the project as its majority shareholder.
Consequently, all environmental demands of WWF and other organizations will now be addressed to Gazprom.
“Now WWF will enter into dialogue with Gazprom to voice its concerns about the project. Besides, we will continue monitoring the project in cooperation with environmental NGOs”, says WWF-Russia CEO Igor Chestin.
WWF urges the company to:
Compensate for damages caused by the company during the construction of the pipeline and during construction works on Aniva Bay;
Suspend the on-land pipeline construction and develop a new project with a pipeline elevated above ground when crossing areas with significant seismic activity, mudflows and landslides;
Abandon the plans to construct the platform on a concrete base built earlier and choose a different site for the platform, outside of the grey whale feeding habitat.