Watching the World: A sea of trouble

It’s a whale of a story in a sea of trouble: Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. has announced it will move oil pipelines in Russia’s Far East in an effort to protect the last of 100 western gray whales. SEIC said the pipelines, which link two production platforms in Piltun-Astokhskoye field off Sakhalin Island to the shore, will be moved 20 km south of the original location, away from the key feeding area of the endangered whales.The decision was based on an independent scientific review panel (ISRP) convened at SEIC’s request by the World Conservation Union to evaluate the science underlying the potential impacts on the whale and the effectiveness of the company’s pla...

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