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The Wall Street Journal: Russia Seeks Halt To Sakhalin Work Citing Mudslides

August 4, 2006

Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry called on a consortium led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC to suspend pipe-laying work at a giant oil and liquefied-natural-gas project on Sakhalin, citing possible mudslides on the Pacific island.

The statement came as the ministry began a monthlong audit of the Sakhalin II project, where negotiations have stalled between the Sakhalin Energy consortium and OAO Gazprom on the state-run natural-gas monopoly’s efforts to acquire a stake. That deal is seen as the Kremlin’s latest bid to ratchet up its control of the energy sector.

The ministry said it received a report that found the pipeline was in danger of being damaged by mudslides where it meets the coast and traverses the hundreds of rivers and streams that cross the island. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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