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Pipeline Eastern Siberia - Pacific Ocean and Baikal lake, Russia


The Eastern Siberia–Pacific Ocean oil pipeline (ESPO pipeline, Russian: Нефтепровод "Восточная Сибирь - Тихий океан" (ВСТО)) is a pipeline system for exporting Russian crude oil to the Asia-Pacific markets (Japan, China and Korea). The pipeline is built and operated by Russian pipeline company Transneft. The 4,857-kilometre (3,018 mi) pipeline is being laid by the route of Taishet-Kazachinskoye-Skovorodino-Kozmino. On 29 May 2003, Russia and China signed an agreement on construction of the pipeline. Construction of the pipeline started in April 2006. The first stage of the pipeline was completely laid in May 2009 and the whole first stage was reversed in December 2009.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Pipeline Eastern Siberia - Pacific Ocean and Baikal lake, Russia
Country:Russian Federation
Location of conflict: Eastern Siberia
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Project area:480,000.00
Level of Investment:7,000,000,000.00
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:29/05/2003
End of the conflict:26/04/2006
Company names or state enterprises:Transneft from Russian Federation
Relevant government actors:Russian Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, RosPrirodNadzor
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Greenpeace, UNESCO, WWF, Interregional Environmental NGO "Zeleny Krest", Baikal "Environmental Wave", Institute of Environmental and legal problems "Ecojuris"
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Oil spills
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Other Health impacts
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Other socio-economic impacts
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Court decision (failure for environmental justice)
Negotiated alternative solution
Proposal and development of alternatives:An alternative project of the pipeline (north of the lake) was proposed by environmental organizations. In accordance with the project, in case of accident oil can not get into the water of Lake Baikal.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Yes
Briefly explain:Numerous protests and petitions attracted attention of the president of Russia and he ruled on the need for a change in the first design of the pipeline as proposed by environmental organizations.
Sources & Materials
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

Water Code - 11th article which established the Water Protection Zone of Lake Baikal

General information on the project
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Shifting pipeline from Lake Baikal
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Digest on the history of the oil pipeline project
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Oil and gas industry news - investment in the project
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Contributor:Natalia Finogenova, TU Berlin
Last update18/08/2019
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