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Russia's Transneft Insists Baikal Pipeline Is Safe


http://gdb.rferl.org/6F39130F-4389-49A1-9087-B1678DD60709_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/6F39130F-4389-49A1-9087-B1678DD60709_mw800_mh600.jpg Semyon Vainshtok, head of Transneft (epa) April 20, 2006 -- The head of Russia's pipeline monopoly, Transneft, insisted today that a controversial oil pipeline that will skirt Lake Baikal on its route to Asia poses no danger to the world's biggest freshwater lake.


Environmentalists say the pipeline, which passes less than a kilometer from Baikal, could ruin the lake's unique ecology in the event of a spill.


(AP)

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