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Nov
29

Exxon Neftegas Works to Protect Gray Whales

The Sakhalin-1 Project develops three oil and gas fields–Chayvo, Odoptu, and Arkutun-Dagi—which are located in sub-Arctic conditions off the northeastern coast of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East.  Sakhalin-1 is comprised of Russian, Japanese, Indian and American participants.  It is operated by Exxon Neftegas Limited, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

The Sakhalin-1 Project develops three oil and gas fields–Chayvo, Odoptu, and Arkutun-Dagi—which are located in sub-Arctic conditions off the northeastern coast of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East.  Sakhalin-1 is comprised of Russian, Japanese, Indian and American participants.  It is operated by Exxon Neftegas Limited, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

Exxon Neftegas maintains several web sites discussing various aspects of Shakalin-1, including its efforts to protect the endangered western gray whale.   According to one of these web sites:

“During the summer and fall months, the northeast coast of Sakhalin Island is visited by a small Western Gray Whale population. Before the 1970s, little was known about   these animals — which many believed had been hunted to extinction. But thanks to a research program that Exxon Neftegas Limited has been conducting in partnership with          Sakhalin Energy since 1997, prominent whale experts from Russia and abroad have acquired unique data on this   endangered marine mammal species. Based on data compiled through these multi-year research efforts, measures taken to protect the mammals appear to be effective.”

The web site identifies these measures as including photo-identification used to study the whales, and a benthic study program led by the Institute of Marine Biology in Vladivostok. Other areas of research include studies on acoustics to help evaluate the potential for sound from construction activities to affect the behavior of whales and to help the Sakhalin-1 Project to mitigate those effects.

The web site states unequivocally that “Future Western Gray Whale research planning will be developed to ensure scientifically credible data on the whale population are available as the project moves into future developments.”

The Exxon Neftegas website discussing western gray whales is available online at

http://www.sakhalin-1.com/Sakhalin/Russia-English/Upstream/hse_environment_whale.aspx

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