"Poisoning The Well"
Whistleblower Disclosures of Illegal Hazardous Waste Disposal on Alaska’s North Slope
prepared by the Alaska Forum for Environmetal Responsibility, January 1997.
Executive Summary Full Report
Sakhalin's Oil: Doing It Right
"Sakhalin’s Oil: Doing It Right"
Applying Global Standards to Public Participation, Environmental Monitoring, Oil Spill Prevention & Response and Liability Standards in the Sakhalin Oblast of the Russian Federation
by Dan Lawn, Rick Steiner & Jonathan Wills
Independent Consultants to Sakhalin Environment Watch
and the Pacific Environment & Resources Center
The Sea of Okhotsk is one of the world’s most biologically productive seas. The people of the Russian Far East harvest rich fisheries stocks of crab, shrimp, pollock and other seafood products in the Sea of Okhotsk. The coastlines of the Sea of Okhotsk still provide spawning grounds for healthy, wild Pacific salmon runs that are in decline in other parts of the North Pacific. The waters near northeastern Sakhalin provide habitat for endangered Okhotsk Gray Whales. Yet new offshore oil developments along the northeastern shore of Sakhalin Island have greatly increased risks to the Sea of Okhotsk and its shorelines through an increased risk of oil spills.
On September 28, 1999, the people of Sakhalin received a wake-up call. They learned that oil had spilled from the “Vityaz” Marine Terminal, part of the newly operational Sakhalin-II project. Many questions remain about this spill. A month later, it is still not clear how much oil spilled or whether response measures were effective. The messages, however, are clear: that oil spills are all too possible, and that Sakhalin must take all measures to prevent oil spills and be prepared to respond to them........
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