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Shell’s Sakhalin influence

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CampaignWatch – October 2008
Did Shell breach the rules?

Did Shell breach the rules?

Shell’s input into the Sakhalin environmental audit is questioned

US-based Pacific Environment, an environmental group that focuses on the Pacific rim, says Royal Dutch Shell influenced a supposedly independent environmental audit to determine whether its controversial Sakhalin II energy project would get finance.
Campaigners say dozens of emails released by the UK government under the Freedom of Information Act show Shell officials in London attempted to downplay criticisms of the environmental impact of the $22bn oil and gas project off the east coast of Russia.
Shell says its input into draft reports of this kind “is routine and designed to ensure accuracy”, but did not affect the findings in this case. 
AEA Technology, which conducted and then published the audit in November 2007, says that although Shell and various banks made suggestions on the draft, it was under no pressure to accept them. It maintains the audit was an accurate, balanced and independent view of the project.
Campaigners such as WWF are concerned about the effect continuous drilling at Sakhalin II, which has now received finance, will have on the endangered western grey whale.

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