One step forward, two steps backward:
The continuing story about the situation in
Olga Murashko, RAIPON, and Elena Krikunenko, CSIPN/RITC
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The last issue of the ANSIPRA Bulletin chronicled in detail events relating to the Sakhalin 1 and Sakhalin 2 projects taking place during the past 12 months’ on the island of Sakhalin. The indigenous peoples of
In any case, these actions were really effective for only a short time. In August 2005 Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. proposed to the Regional Council of authorized representatives of indigenous peoples of
Obviously, this proposition was initiated by a the roundtable discussion on “Indigenous Peoples and Industrial Companies: Experiences and Perspectives” which took place in
According to Aleksey Limanzo the following is happening in
Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., which had taken the initiative for the meeting, has essentially returned to a position like the one they had at the end of the previous year, when the indigenous population started to protest. This is obvious, as the company categorically declines an ethnological expert investigation. And its leadership does not take any steps to obtain information, which would be necessary for a realistic assessment of the impacts of the company’s
This raises the question: Why was the working group established?
One has to see the start of the company’s interactions with the indigenous population in July in connection with the denial of a loan by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for the realisation of their project in 2006.
The unwillingness of the company to further cooperate with the indigenous peoples results, to all appearances, from the diverging positions of the indigenous peoples and the company. On the one side the company is ready to think up an action plan, but it is not considering the input of these peoples, namely, it is not willing to assess the real impact of the project on the indigenous population. This is because the results of an environmental impact assessment would be even more expensive for the company then this action plan they say they are ready to work out.
At the present time a session of this very working group is being planned. But nobody is expecting real results. No matter which questions the indigenous representatives of the Regional Council would raise, they would not be followed up by action on the part of the company.
Right now Aleksey Limanzo considers it very important to assess the impact of the project on the fish resources of
Aleksey Limanzo describes the relations with the company Exxon Neftegaz Ltd., which is working on the
Thus it turns out that the indigenous peoples of