Bill to protect the seas from oil pollution, which is now being coordinated in the ministries and departments of the Government of the Russian Federation, while receiving positive reviews, and may be adopted in the autumn of 2012, told a news conference in RIA Novosti director of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia, Igor Chestin.
The draft law "On the Protection of the Sea by Oil Pollution" was developed by ecologists with the relevant committee of the State Duma in 2010. In autumn 2011, the State Duma adopted in the first reading a draft law prepared by Ministry of Natural Resources, to amend the laws relating to the prevention of oil pollution. However, according to environmentalists, the adopted amendments did not include the most important for environmental innovations. In spring 2012, WWF Russia gathered on the Internet about 120,000 signatures in support of the bill.
"This bill is sent to the State Duma Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment for approval. Far as we know, reviews ministries until positive. We expect that in the autumn of this year, the bill will be passed" — said Chestin.
Director of WWF Russia said that "in this way we will put an end to the speculation around large prospects of oil production on the Arctic shelf."
"As the technology without oil spill under the ice, these projects simply can not be implemented," — said the expert.
Chestin also noted that, in addition to environmental arguments against oil production in the Arctic, there are economic.
"If today the companies interested in the production of oil in the Arctic will have to pay the full cost in accordance with the applicable rules, rates, laws, the price per barrel will be from 120 in the Barents Sea, to about $ 700 in the Laptev Sea. Clear that without subsidies such projects are impossible, "- said the expert.
He recalled that, according to WWF Russia, presented in the spring, the amount of direct and indirect subsidies to oil and gas production in Russia is between 9 and 14 billion dollars in 2010.
"In our view, this is a vicious way of development, has nothing in common with the declared green growth", — said the director of WWF Russia, noting that, in accordance with the development strategy should subsidize renewable energy.