Russia: Oil and Gas Development, Sakhalin Island

Gas flaring at the Prigorodnoye Production Complex

Accountability Counsel supported Russia-based Sakhalin Environment Watch (“SEW”) in their advocacy on behalf of dacha communities harmed by the Sakhalin II Project, one of the largest integrated oil and gas projects in the world, located on- and off-shore of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East. In 2012, Accountability Counsel assisted SEW in filing a complaint to the OECD National Contact Points (NCPs) of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands regarding the actions of several British banks that financed the project and Royal Dutch Shell, a large shareholder in the project.  Both NCPs rejected the complaint for a variety of technical reasons that have fed into Accountability Counsel’s policy work to improve the NCP system.

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