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Премия рунета 2017

More about the Oil and Gas Sector

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The economic development of our country is still largely dependent on the fuel and energy complex (FEC) working on the basis of hydrocarbon fuels. «The Energy Strategy for the Fuel and Energy Complex Development until 2020» adopted by the Russian government provides for a significant increase in crude oil and other non-renewable natural resources production and export. It implies that new environmental problems and risks will inevitably arise due to accidents, emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere, fragmentation of landscapes, etc.

WWF’s goal is to prevent and reduce the negative impact of the oil and gas sector on the environment by making companies take more environmental responsibility and improving the country`s regulatory framework.

The efforts of WWF have brought to a stop the seismic survey for the Sakhalin-1 project that could kill gray whales of the West Pacific population.

We have made the Sakhalin Energy company lay it`s pipeline (the Sakhalin-2 project) away from the gray whale feeding areas on Sakhalin.

Our work has been rewarded as the state expertise forbade to build the terminal of the oil pipeline «Eastern Siberia — Pacific Ocean» in Perevoznaya bay, and the pipeline route was moved away from the shores of Lake Baikal.

A significant role in this victory was played by our supporters: thousands of people sent postcards to the President of the Russian Federation requesting to move the terminal of the oil pipeline «Eastern Siberia — Pacific Ocean» to another area where its construction would not threaten nature.

After the disastrous spill in the Kerch Strait, when more than 4 thousand tons of fuel oil got into the sea, WWF drew attention to the problem of prevention and liquidation of oil spills. We were the first in the country to organize rescue and cleanup works for birds covered in oil. Together with other environmental organizations WWF actively collaborates with the legislative and executive authorities to improve regulations aiming to prevent oil pollution. In 2007 an appeal to initiate high priority measures addressing oil spill problems was sent to the State Duma and the Government. One of the corresponding laws was «On Protection of Seas of the Russian Federation from Oil Contamination», with the law’s concept developed on the initiative of WWF in 2009. Based on this concept a bill was introduced, that was adopted by the State Duma, signed by the President, and came into force on July 1, 2013.