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DeHavilland Information Services: Shell platform disrupting rare whale habitat: "The WWF is now seeking to exert pressure on the EBRD over the environmental impact of its loan. Mr Steele said: "We urge the bank to decline financing until Shell properly faces up to its responsibilities.": 14/12/2005

 
A new survey has found that a Shell oil platform off eastern Russia, built despite environmental concerns, is disrupting the fragile lives of the world's last remaining western Pacific grey whales.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) study examined the whales' feeding habits between July to September and found that the small population of around 100 grey whales was shunning its traditional habitat.

The whales avoided feeding grounds close to the building site of the PA-B oil platform, under construction since July despite concerns from environmentalists and scientists that underwater noise pollution would scare the whales away.

WWF international chief executive Paul Steele said: "Shell has failed to meet even its own environmental standards on its projects."

The WWF, together with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, point out that the western Pacific grey whales can only feed with kilometres of the Sakhalin coast as they rely on crustaceans filtered from the seabed for food.

Shell is leading a consortium of oil producers in the area developing a series of offshore gas and oil platforms known as Sakhalin II. The project is part-funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The WWF is now seeking to exert pressure on the EBRD over the environmental impact of its loan.

Mr Steele said: "We urge the bank to decline financing until Shell properly faces up to its responsibilities."

Shell and the rest of the Sakhalin development consortium deny that their activities have had an impact on the grey whales or led to population decline.track

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