As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 6 April 2017

Rare birds around Arctic oil field - no problem

Unique populations of birds nicely nest alongside the new Novy Port oil project, researchers hired by company Gazprom Neft say.

Atle Staalesen

March 14, 2017

Several rare and endangered birds have their nesting grounds in the area of the Novy Port oil project, researchers from the Ecology Institute of Flora and Fauna say. The researchers have conducted an environmental mapping in the area around Gazprom Neft’s industrial objects in Yamal.

The study concludes that the industrial activities of the company do not affect the wellbeing of the birds, the regional government says. The Novy Port is the new regional project developed by oil company Gazprom Neft. The project includes the development of an oil field with 250 million ton of reserves, as well as adjacent pipeline and terminal facilities.

«The work regime which has been established in the Novy Port field has facilitated the Arctic falcon’s habitation in the area», Professor Bogdanov says. «The favourable conditions include the absence of interference and disturbance from humans and the availability of suitable nesting, and this has made the birds adjust to the new landscape», he adds.

The environmental study is financed by oil company Gazprom Neft. In a comment, General Director of the comapny’s Yamal branch Aleksey Ovechkin underlines that the study «bears witness of the favorable conditions for animals» on the industrial site.

«An analysis of the country’s economic development for the next decades shows that the development of the mainland part of Yamal and the adjacent Kara Sea shelf and Gulf of Ob is considered as the only alternative, and the environmental monitoring of the Novy Port field is a part of this process», he adds.

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