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Residents of Ulan-Ude demanded gasification of Buryatia
On March 1, a rally of local residents was held in Ulan-Ude. They went out with placards to the Yubileiny park and demanded gasification of Buryatia.
The organizers planned that about 500 people would take part in the rally, but there were tens of times fewer protesters. According to them, gasification will allow preserving Lake Baikal and the forests of the region, as well as purifying the air in the republic, as emissions from thermal power plants, boiler houses and the private sector will be less.
In 2008, the authorities of Buryatia and Gazprom signed a cooperation agreement, then approved the gasification scheme for the region, however, after calculating the costs of the project, the company abandoned its plans. It turned out to be cheaper to heat houses and enterprises of the republic with coal.
The region could return to this topic after the Power of Siberia gas pipeline was commissioned, but so far Buryatia has not been included in the project. To offer a pipe from Skovorodino is also offered in Transbaikalia. There also passed rally for gasificationat which the participants demanded decisive action from the authorities to resolve this issue.