Yakutia Ecologists Oppose to VSTO Pipeline
The activists call against construction of the oil pipeline under the Lena River.
Ecologists of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic insist on revision of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (VSTO – Russian acronym) oil pipeline project, Ecoportal reports.
Eight public organizations and residents of Yakutia submitted an appeal to the republican Supreme Court demanding to resume proceedings against Rostekhnadzor (Russian Federal Service for Ecological, Technical and Atomic Supervision) that decided to build the pipeline in a trench under the Lena River.
Zinaida Altukhova, director of the Yakutia Environmental Center told Ecoportal, a project for construction of the pipeline through a microtunnel across the river had been presented at the public meetings for estimation of impact on the environment. But Rostekhnadzor transmitted to the state environmental commission a project with a trench pass. Such kind of the pass, ecologists say, poses a considerably greater danger to the biggest river of Russia.
The case against Rostekhnadzor was jointly filed by the Yakutia Environmental Center, republican Center of environmental education Eige, public foundation Sakha, Association of Yakutia’s Evenk People and other public organizations and private individuals. Nevertheless the complaint signed by the eight organizations and citizens was rejected by the Yakutsk City Court on February 26.
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