Gazprom’s Arctic achievements: a million barrels of oil produced, even more spilled

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Feature story - 15 September, 2014
Gazprom proceeds with its hazardous rush for offshore Arctic oil while failing to comply with Russian safety and environmental regulations, meanwhile its onland oil production remains a disaster for nature.

 

 Vladimir Chuprov, Head of Energy Unit at Greenpeace Russia, commenting on Gazprom’s announcement that it has produced 1 million barrels of Arctic oil from the Prirazlomnaya offshore rig, said:

Gazprom proceeds with its hazardous rush for offshore Arctic oil while failing to comply with Russian safety and environmental regulations, meanwhile its onland oil production remains a disaster for nature.

On the day of the first shipment of offshore Arctic oil from Prirazlomnaya in December 2013, Greenpeace Russia addressed the General Prosecutor Office with an official letter claiming that the company’s oil spill response plan does not comply with several requirements of legislation: the equipment is insufficient, and its effectiveness in tough Arctic conditions is completely overestimated.

In the year that passed since then Gazprom Neft did almost nothing to fix these violations.

At the same time, Gazprom’s oil production at its onland oil fields in sub-Arctic regions remains irresponsible and destructive. Just a few days ago the Prosecutors Office reported that Gazprom Neft was fined for 30 million rubles (about 1 million dollars) for the oil spills in Yamal-Nenets region, Siberia. Several ruptures of corroded pipelines caused contamination of 67,000 metres squared of forested area.

These fines are addressing only a few of the 900 oil spills that Gazprom itself is reporting every year, which mostly occur because of old and rusty infrastructure. 

Gazprom does not report how many barrels of oil it spills each year, but it should be a big share from over 30 million barrels that all companies operating in Russia spill according to expert estimations. 

Gazprom's oil spill in Siberia

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mfavorsk says:

Francois, thank you!
We follow the news and Barents Observer is among our favourites)

to Oasis Earth: unfortunately, Russia does a...

Posted 17 September, 2014 at 14:56 Flag abuse

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mfavorsk says:

Francois, thank you!
We follow the news and Barents Observer is among our favourites)

to Oasis Earth: unfortunately, Russia does a...

Posted 17 September, 2014 at 14:56 Flag abuse

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Francois says:

have a look at that article:
http://barentsobserver.com/en/energy/2014/09/times-sanctions-prirazlomnaya-goes-russian-16-09

and also...

Posted 17 September, 2014 at 1:37 Flag abuse

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(Unregistered) Oasis Earth, Alaska says:

Thanks for posting this article. It makes an excellent point about Russia's substandard oil production and transportation infrastructure. We hav...

Posted 15 September, 2014 at 22:33 Flag abuse

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