Statement by WWF
Shell’s Sakhalin II project in far east Russia is an example of how not to do a mega-project. Its costs have doubled to US$ 20 billion, local communities are protesting over damage to fisheries, and the 100 remaining western gray whales are at risk of extinction. WWF’s views on the project can be found in the report “Risky Business” and on its website www.panda.org/sakhalin
Shell had already admitted it has managed environmental aspects badly, and has lost control of its contractors that are crossings the 1100 rivers on Sakhalin Island. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has acknowledged the project breached its environmental policy, but is considering whether to let Shell off and fund the project anyway. The EBRD has officially launched its consultation period on Sakhalin II. http://www.ebrd.com/new/pressrel/2005/175dec14.htm
If you have a story you would like to tell, then please get in touch with us or Alfred Donovan in confidence, or make your views known to EBRD. This is a crucial time for influencing this project, when it is essential the real story of Sakhalin comes out.
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