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14 April 2006 @ 02:23 pm
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Lake Baikal is in danger!
Help stop the construction of an oil pipeline in a World Natural Heritage Site!

This might be our last chance to stop a project to build an oil pipeline through the Lake Baikal basin in the immediate vicinity of the lake (as close at 800 metres at one point, and crossing 10 major rivers flowing into the lake, and 113.4 kilometres (70.5 miles) of the UNESCO World Heritage Site).

In very dubious circumstances the state organisation responsible for carrying out environmental impact assessments has approved the project of the state oil pipeline monopoly, Transneft. It is likely that only the intervention of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, can prevent the project going ahead before it is too late.

Thousands of signatures have been collected against the project via the Internet (statistics: http://www.babr.ru/truba/, also en English). Thousands more (over 20,000) have been collected in Irkutsk region to a petition to President Putin to call off the project.

In the event of an accident, within 20-40 minutes, up to 4,000 tons of oil could enter the lake with catastrophic consequences. The area is one of the most seismically active in Siberia where, in 1911, the most severe earthquake on Russian territory occurred. Scientists of the Irkutsk branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences have warned that in the case of such an accident some 10 thousand square kilometres of the lake (one third of the lake) would be covered by oil, bringing about the destruction of the major part of the lake’s endemic organisms.

Translated by Baikal Environmental Wave, e-mail: sutton(at)baikalwave(dot)eu(dot)org.

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futzerfutzer on June 7th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
I just happened onto this site and noticed Lake Baikal in some of the entries, so I thought I'd do a little reading to see what the deal was about the Lake. When I saw the pipeline plan to run so close to it, I freaked, knowing what a seismically active area it is and I wonder are they nuts? Then I saw the Russian Academy of Sciences mentioned so I have a question for you. Would those scientists be Adushkin or Kitov, by any chance?