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Shell rejects pleas to leave Sakhalin

LONDON, April 2(UPI) — Environmentalists want the Royal Dutch Shell Group PLC to abandon a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration venture in eastern Russia.

The World Wildlife Federation and similar groups are demanding the Anglo-Dutch company quit its $20 billion project in Sakhalin, the Independent reported Wednesday.

Activists say RDS failed to persuade an independent panel of scientists that its activities will not harm a critically-endangered population of western grey whales. The cetaceans are due to arrive shortly in their breeding grounds when work on the project's pipeline begins.

RDS has declined to end its involvement in the Russian venture.

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