Russia Threatens To Halt Sakhalin-2 Project Unless Shell Pays Up

Russia on Sept. 26 threatened to halt the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas development project off Russia's Pacific coast unless the Anglo-Dutch group Shell corrected environmental damage done to the site.

"We will do everything possible not to stop the project," Russian Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev told a press conference.

"We are convinced that the company must correct the ecological damages. If that does not happen, we will unfortunately not be able to allow the project to continue."

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2006

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