RISING CASPIAN POSES THREAT

Fast rising water levels in the Caspian Sea have caused severe damage to low-lying coastal petroleum industry installations. In Turkmenia, on the Caspian's east coast, some oil wells formerly on dry land are now "a mile or more in the open sea," the Moscow newspaper lzvestia reported. Oil storage sites, power transmission lines, roads, and oil workers' housing have been "washed" by Caspian waves.

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