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Monday, 06 January 2014 14:53

Gas drilling in Russia's Far North threatens Nenets community

Short documentary about Nenets people and Gas drilling by Gazprom.

Tazovskiy, a small town on the Arctic coast. It is the middle of March, but the weather is freezing with temperatures at around minus 30 degrees Celsius. The best way to get around is in a vezdekhod. These vehicles go everywhere. This weekend the Nenets, the indigenous population of the Yamal region, are meeting for their annual herdsmen festival. Geologists have found out that the whole of the Yamal region is literally swimming in gas. For Gazprom, the Russian gas monopoly, tapping into those reservoirs has meant a huge investment. Before the first cubic meter of gas could flow from Novozapolyarniy, this huge complex had to be built, hundreds of kilometers north of the Polar Circle. The natural gas is delivered far away to Berlin by long distance pipeline. But their industrial activity may threaten the Nenets' traditional way of life.

 

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