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Russian Arctic Oil Drilling Rig Ignores Environmental Safety

Arctic Oil DrillingA Russian company has begun towing a drilling platform into place in the Russian Arctic, despite its lack of preparedness to operate safely in the extreme conditions.Gazprom plans to start using the platform later this year to develop the Prirazlomnoye oil field, 60 kilometers offshore in the Pechora Sea.

The plans do not meet the Arctic Council’s oil and gas guidelines, developed with Russian participation, or a recent order from the Russian President, “permitting oil production only if operators have proven techniques of under-ice oil spill response”.

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