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Russia - The New Energy Frontier

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Published on Aug 15, 2007

May 2006
The island of Sakhalin, home to Russia's first ever liquid gas plant, has become the world's newest energy frontier. But residents claim their own needs are being ignored.

When completed, the Sakhalin Energy plant will be one of the biggest integrated oil and gas projects in the world. But locals expect to see none of the benefits. "All the money will go to foreigners and to Moscow. We'll only lose out", complains one resident. They were initially promised 40% of the profits but now this money will go directly to Moscow. People have had to abandon their homes without compensation and there are claims the pipelines have already polluted the environment. Residents won't even have access to the gas produced. As one local complains: "Our needs aren't being considered."

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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