Russia's Sakhalin Oil Project Under New Legal Fire

Law360, New York (October 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Russia's controversial Sakhalin II oil and gas project came under fresh scrutiny Friday, with a coalition of Russian environmental groups launching a legal action in a bid to put a halt to the Exxon Mobil Corp.-led venture for threatening the critically endangered western Pacific gray whale.

The lawsuit was filed in a Moscow district court by the Russian environmental group Rodnik and the non-governmental organization Sakhalin Environment Watch, as well as an association of indigenous people, Agence France-Press reported Friday.

The project, known as Sakhalin II,...
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