Gazprom pipeline project harming tundra (Regnum)

May 28, 2009 • Philip BurgessBlog


(Source: BarentsObserver) Gazprom’s construction of the 1100 km long pipeline between the Bovanenkovo field in Yamal to Ukhta in the Komi Republic is violating environmental legislation, local environmentalists say.

The critics are joined by several company employees, who say that the pipeline construction is harming the Arctic nature in the area, Regnum reports.

Garbage is dumped in the construction areas and heavy machinery is transported outside the construction zone, the critics say. In addition, environmental monitoring of the area is not properly observed, they maintain.

According to Regnum, skeptics already in 2005 expressed distrust with the environmental line of Gazprom’s project contractors.

Local authorities have on several occasions complained about the conduct of the construction companies. Among them is member of the village council in Malaya Pera, Aleksey Prokhorov, who complained to the prosecutors office about the pipeline constructors’ use of the village land without compensation. He also filmed environmental violations, and handed the documentation over to the local environmental organization Committee Save Pechora and the State Consumer Control Authority. The construction company was subsequently fined, but only with a minor sum.

The Bovanekovo-Ukhta pipeline will be the main gas transport route for the huge resources of the Yamal Peninsula. Gazprom is currently in the process of developing the Bovanenkovo field, which has estimated reserves of 4,9 trillion cubic meters of gas. About 70 km of the 1100 long pipeline will run across the Baydarata Bay. Also a railway line is under construction to the field areas.