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Itar-Tass: Sakhalin-2 environmental damages to be assessed by Oct 25

13.10.2006, 17.35
 
MOSCOW, October 13 (Itar-Tass) — The Federal Nature Usage Supervisory Service will finalize the assessment of Sakhalin-2 environmental damages on October 25, service deputy head Oleg Mitvol told.

“Updated information about environmental damages” resultant from the Sakhalin-2 project will be posted on that day, he said.

“The Prosecutor General’s Office has received 15 sets of documents concerning violations of environmental laws by the project operators,” Mitvol said. “It may take several months to make a final estimate the damages.”

“It is necessary to assess the damages to the Aniva Bay, forests and spawning rivers,” he said. Members of the Russian Academy of Sciences may help to assess the damages. “I hope they will contribute to the precise estimations,” Mitvol said. “The scale of violations was so big that it took no less than one month to collect documents about them.”

The inspection of the Sakhalin 1 project, which was initially planned for October, is now delayed until early November, Mitvol said.

Nature Resources Minister Yuri Trutnev will visit Sakhalin on October 24-26 to familiarize himself with the Sakhalin-2 inspections’ results. “He will study results of an inspection held at the Piltun-Astokhskoye and Lunskoye licensed blocs,” a ministerial source said.
 

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