Iskakov said steps taken by TengizChevrOil to reprocess the sulfur extracted from Tengiz were insufficient and that the company contaminates the Caspian Sea environment.
Sulfur is a by-product of poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas found with crude oil pumped from Tengiz.
TengizChevrOil's partners include Chevron and ExxonMobil of the United States, the LUKArco U.S.-Russian joint venture, and Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGaz national oil company.
Chevron has a 50-percent stake in the joint venture. ExxonMobil has a 25 percent stake.
(Kazakhstan Today, Interfax-Kazakhstan)
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