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The Ministry of Natural Resources supports the cancellation of the environmental examination of wells in the Arctic
The Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation supported the idea of canceling the environmental examination of boreholes in the Arctic zone. Instead of expertise, subsoil users will be added obligations to implement additional environmental protection measures.
As the RBC, the head of the ministry, Alexander Kozlov, said that the proposals to abolish the existing norms are convincing. He added that the list of objects will be determined by the government of the Russian Federation, and work is already underway to amend the legislation.
Kozlov clarified that the project documentation for the construction and reconstruction of boreholes in the Arctic will be excluded. This instrument will be replaced by conciliation procedures and the implementation of additional environmental protection measures.
Earlier, the heads of Rosneft, LUKOIL and Gazprom Neft appealed to the head of the Cabinet of Ministers Mikhail Mishustin with a complaint about the long term of the wells' eco-examination. They noted that because of this, plans to develop oil and gas fields will be threatened.
Vladimir Putin at the end of last year signed a decree approving development strategies for the Arctic zone until 2035. According to Alexander Kozlov, for the first time, an increase in the quality of life of people living in the Arctic zone has been identified, and a special regional section has also appeared that determines the priority areas of socio-economic development.