“No significant risks from Arctic oil industry”


-What are the consequences on environment and indigenous peoples from oil industry and pipelines in the Russian North, Prime Minister Putin asked his Minister of Natural Resources Yury Trutnev yesterday.


-I would like to ask you to look at the industrial activities of oil and gas companies in the North, where big companies’ operations are followed by the local population’s losing of its traditional industry, Putin told Mr. Trutnev in a meeting yesterday.

The prime minister especially expressed interest in the situation with new pipelines in the Northwestern part of the country, the government website informs.

In his response, Minister Trutnev said all operations are made in line with Russian legislation and that thorough environmental mapping is conducted. -The work is based on the fulfillment of the principles of environmental protection, he underlined

-We are observing the progress of the work, today I see no significant risks in this issue, he maintained.

Gazprom is currently constructing a major pipeline from Ukhta in the Komi Republic to the Bovanenkovo field in Yamal. The 1100 km long pipeline will cross through reindeer pasture land, as well as the shallow Baydarata Bay. In addition, Lukoil last year completed the construction of a major oil pipeline connected with the Yuzhno-Khilchuyu field and the Varandey port in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

Read more about the Yamal pipeline in BarentsObserver’s Yamal section