May 3, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakhstan's Environmental Protection Ministry says an oil joint venture has agreed to pay $8 million for the ecological damage it has caused along the Caspian Sea shore, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.
Tengizchevroil operates the giant Tengiz oil field. The consortium is led by oil giant Chevron and also includes ExxonMobil and the Kazakh state energy company Kazmunaigaz.
Exporting Kazakhstan's Energy
Work on a Kazakh pipeline (TASS file photo)
PRESSURE FROM THE KREMLIN? Columbia University political science professor Kimberly Marten told an RFE/RL briefing that Russia seems to be using its control of gas pipelines in the former Soviet Union to pursue its goals in Kazakhstan.