January 2006 saw renewed protests at the LNG plant Shell is constructing at the south of Sakhalin Island. EBRD announced their consultation dates this week but local protesters are not waiting - "EBRD can go through their official process, but the message from Sakhalin is clear - Say no to Sakhalin II" See pictures attached.
The protest was directed against significant damage to Sakhalin environment, social infrastructure and fishing economy. Sakhalin Regional Governor Ivan Malakhov joined the picket and has promised to local people that he shares their concerns and support their demands to Sakhalin II project.
Local Fishing company Calypso has already filed a complaint with EBRD regarding reduced fish catches and lost contracts with Japan. The company’s most productive net saw a 70% reduction in catch (over 1000 tonnes).
Aniva Bay used to be a beach for recreation and a valuable fishing resource. Now the ‘Costa del Shell’ is scarred by a huge LNG plant, preparing for frequent tanker traffic to collect oil and liquefied gas. Local people used to collect scallops here, since Shell started dredging they have disappeared.