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December 2011

Exxon Neftegas Limited Statement on Western Gray Whale

Western Gray Whale

From: Exxon Neftegas Limited

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 Critical Role of Civil Servants

Historically, federal civil servants played a critical role in developing and implementing federal policy. The attached article in the Administrative Law Review,published by the American Bar Association in conjunction  with the Washington College of Law of the American University, sets forth in Section D on page 54  the critical role career federal employees had in the establishment of centralized regulatory review in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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Rosneft Statement on Sakhalin-V

From: Rosneft

Rosneft Statement on Sakhalin-III

From: Rosneft

 

Letter by Society for Marine Mammalogy

From: Society for Marine Mammalogy

Mr. Alexey B. Miller
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors
JSC “GAZPROM”
16 Nametkina St.
117997, Moscow, V-420. GSP-7
Russia

Mr. Sergey Bogdanchikov
President of Rosneft
Chairman of Rosneft’s Management Board
26/1, Sofiyskaya Embankment
1, GSP-8 117997
Moscow, Russia

CEO Rex W. Tillerson
ExxonMobil Corporation
5959 Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, Texas 75039-2298

CEO Peter Mather
British Petroleum
International Headquarters
1 St James’s Square
London, SW1Y 4PD UK

Exxon Neftegas Limited
28 Sakhalinskaya Street
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia 693000

Mr. Mikhailov Y.N.
Acting Director General
CJSC Elvary Neftegaz
78, Chekhova Street
693008 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Russian Federation

Sakhalin Energy Statement

From: Sakhalin Energy

A small population of western gray whales (WGW) migrate to an area off Sakhalin’s northeast coast to feed during summer months. Sakhalin Energy is committed to minimising any potential risk to the whales. An independent WGW Advisory Panel (WGWAP) provides expert advice to Sakhalin Energy and has acknowledged it is positively influencing the Company’s activities.

In December 2008, Sakhalin Energy won the inaugural Environmental Project of the Year award, established by the Russian Federation’s Natural Resources Ministry, for its Western Gray Whales protection programmes.

World Wildlife Fund Statement

From: World Wildlife Fund

The Issue and Latest Status

Located in the Russian Far East is Sakhalin Island, the main feeding habitat for the western gray whale. Unfortunately, it is also a region now being developed by the oil and gas industry.

World Wildlife Fund is urging the companies involved in Sakhalin–ExxonMobil, BP Group, Rosneft–to postpone any development until a commission of experts has assessed the impact on western gray whales and made recommendations regarding further development in this area. We hope they will follow the positive example of Gazprom and Shell, which have already suspended their oil and gas activities. WWF is also demanding that the companies avoid any future activities inside the proposed new Sakhalin Marine Federal Wildlife Reserve.

Critically Endangered Western Gray Whales Found at Laguna San Ignacio (NRDC)

From: NRDC

 

By: Joel Reynold

Laguna San Ignacio, along the Pacific coast of Baja California, is renowned as the lastundisturbed breeding and calving lagoon of the Eastern North Pacific gray whale.   Over a decade ago, this World Heritage Site was the focus of a successful international campaign by NRDC and others to prevent construction on its shores of the largest industrial salt works in the world.  Today it remains the focus of an international conservation alliance seeking to give the lagoon permanent protection. (Photo: Robert Glenn Ketchum)

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Recent scientific research has made these efforts even more critical than previously had been understood..