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The Arizona Daily Star: EarthWeek: A diary of the planet

By Steve Newman
Universal Press Syndicate
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 07.09.2007
Noise starvation

The critically endangered western gray whale population has abandoned its only known feeding area this summer, and conservationists blame noise pollution from a gas and oil project in the Russian Far East.

The World Wildlife Fund said the construction of an offshore facility at Shell’s Sakhalin-2 project has resulted in a constant, high level of noise. Only about 100 western gray whales remain in the world, and they have historically fed around where the Sakhalin Energy facility is being built.

“Shell has been warned by experts of the need to limit both the duration and level of noise, but the company will not let protecting the whales interfere with its construction schedule,” said James Leaton, WWF’s oil-and-gas policy adviser.

Sightings of thin or emaciated whales have been made since construction began in the area, according to WWF.

By Steve Newman
Distributed by: Universal Press Syndicate © MMVII Earth Environment Service

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