By Laura Suleimenova
On August 12, Atyrau celebrated the Day of the Caspian Sea.
The festive event was organized by NCOC - the operator of the
Why was the base built?
Deputy governor of Atyrau region Gumar Duisembaev reminded to the audience that "The Caspian Sea is a unique reservoir, whose bioresources should be preserved for future generations". Then he gave prizes to mass media employees who cover the issues of the
However there were no festive tones in Muftakh Diarov's speech. The academician reminded that the North Caspian oil spill response base was built in ecologically sensitive delta of the
Another serious mistake, according to Diarov, is the selection for transportation of freights of the TCO's FGP Project that envisages the construction of the sea channel in specially protected reserved part of the
- I was exchanging correspondence for half a year, including with the RoK Security Council, that by building this channel we violate the agreements with other Caspian states. However all authorized bodies gave a green light to construction. This is a big sin!
Is there no censorship any more?
Diarov continued to stay on his grounds even after the positive speeches of the authors of the book. He reminded about their complaints in the past that the customer didn't allow to include unpleasant facts into the results of their researches.
As scientists commented, it was indeed that during the initial years of development, the customers among whom was Agip KCO, considered that they shouldn't make public some of the data.
- But then everything was normalized. We kept and included into the collection all indicators on pollution, exceedances, on sturgeon, seals and so on, - assured the director of the science and ecological design department of “Terra" LLP, professor of biology Natalya Ogar.
Mr Diarov, I think, as well as all other attendees were wondering why the consortium preferred to cover in the book only the period from 1993 to 2006, though offshore operations in the
As for the subsequent drilling of sea wells, Lukashov declared that those activities had no impact on environment - in view of zero discharge police accepted on the project. However he didn't take into consideration the fact that initial pipes were laid during that period that later happened to fail. And now this work is re-done that will obviously negatively impact the ecology of the
The head of Zhaik-Caspian Orkhuss center Shynar Iztleuova asked if the consortium is planning to release similar collection of articles for the later years. Lukashov answered that is possible to consider the publication for the period from 2006 to 2013, and then from 2015 and further. But he refrained from the final answer.
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