On the Ecological Threat of Oilfield D-6 to the Baltic Sea
The Russian Oil Company Lukoil Kaliningradmorneft is going to exploit an oil deposit located in the Baltic Sea shelf close to the border of the Republic of Lithuania, which will soon become the EU border.
The Baltic Assembly expresses its concern over the construction of new oil extraction platforms in the Baltic Sea shelf, near the Curonian Spit, which is a UNESCO World Heritage nature site, as well as over an increasing risk of polluting the Baltic Sea with oil, and requests not to start oil extraction in the oilfield D-6 until an assessment of risk and possible environmental impact is carried out in a transboundary context, and before accident response plans and monitoring programmes are co-ordinated with Lithuania, and before preliminary agreed guarantees for possible compensation for damage.
The Baltic Assembly expresses approval of the European Commission’s position on “a concern over the plans of Russia to launch the development of the oilfield in the sensitive ecosystem of the Curonian Peninsular without having firm guarantees of the preservation of the environment meeting the international standards” (Reply of the European Commission of 18 November 2003 to a group of MEPs).
The Baltic Assembly urges Russia to speed up the ratification of the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context.
Vilnius, 29 November 2003