Blowout week 12

Ukraine: Europe plans to send Russian gas to Ukraine 😉 No fear of gas shortages, summer is on the way [hopefully].

Libya: Rebels load oil into N Korean tanker; tanker seized by US navy; Libyan PM flees to Europe.

Iraq: Erbil tries to appease Baghdad; violence escalates ahead of elections, 27 killed in one day.

UK budget: Osborne sticks knife into drilling but takes it out of HPHT [stabbing away]. Shell puts up “For Sale” sign on North Sea assets.

Europe: Oettinger: ‘No need to worry about gas’

As a full-fledged member of the European Energy Community, the Ukraine is entitled to receive assistance from us. After examining the Ukrainian gas transit system we have worked out plans for its modernization and reconstruction. These plans could be realized quite quickly, and a part of them will be co-financed with the European Bank for Reconstruction and the World Bank.

They could however be equipped so that they can also transport gas in the opposite direction. That means we could then provide Ukraine with gas from European markets.

27 stories below the fold in this bumper issue of Blowout.
UK: Oil & Gas UK: Budget bareboat measure will drive drilling rigs out of UK

Oil & Gas UK said it was perplexed by the move to change the basis for taxation of drilling rigs and accommodation vessels supplied using bareboat chartering arrangements to the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, despite evidence that this new tax measure could prove damaging to exploration and development activity.

World: William Hague: Russia faces ‘isolation’ over Ukraine

We would need to boost investment in gas interconnections and terminals in Europe, and develop indigenous European energy supplies for countries wishing to develop their own resources, such as shale gas.

And it would mean helping Ukraine and neighbourhood countries to liberalise their energy markets, increase energy efficiency and ensure more resilient energy supplies.

World: Eureka! How a magic doughnut that fakes the sun could save our planet: But the Chinese will get it first thanks to the billions we spend on the ‘eco-power’ gravy train

It could stop man-made global warming once and for all – and give the world limitless, clean energy for as long as humanity lasts.
Nuclear fusion – zerocarbon electric power produced from sea water in a doughnut-shaped reactor that imitates the sun – is also far closer to a reality than most people think.

UK: BBC boss gags ‘sceptics’ from climate change debates [scroll down to third story]

A BBC executive in charge of editorial standards has ordered programme editors not to broadcast debates between climate scientists and global warming sceptics.
Alasdair MacLeod claimed that such discussions amount to ‘false balance’ and breach an undertaking to the Corporation’s watchdog, the BBC Trust.

World: Climate change: we’ve put off the difficult decisions for too long

Paul Nurse: The debate isn’t whether global warming exists – it’s what we do about it.

UK: Fracking: Dart ‘desperate’ to revive Airth plan

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have accused Dart Energy of making a “last desperate attempt” to revive its plans for its controversial gas extraction operations north of the border.

World: Libyan rebel leader calls U.S. Navy “pirates” after tanker seized

A Libyan rebel leader accused the United States on Tuesday of behaving like pirates after U.S. naval forces seized an oil-laden tanker that had sailed from a rebel-held port in the east of the chaotic North African state.

World: Ousting of Libyan PM Ali Zeidan brings threat of civil war

The ousting of Libya’s prime minister, who fled to Europe this week, has triggered fighting between eastern and western regions that threatens to divide the country.

Ali Zeidan, a popular figure with western diplomats, was sacked by the Islamist-led congress on Tuesday after failing to prevent a North Korean tanker loading oil from a port controlled by rebels in the eastern region of Cyrenaica.

World: Libyan PM flees country after tanker escapes rebel-held port

Former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan sought refuge in Europe on Wednesday after parliament voted him out for failing to stop rebels independently exporting oil in a challenge to Libya’s fragile unity.

The crisis arose when protesters who have seized three eastern ports since August loaded crude onto a North Korean-flagged tanker at Es Sider terminal at the weekend.

World: Under pressure from Baghdad, Kurds offer limited exports

Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region said it will begin contributing 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) to the country’s national oil exports starting April 1, in an effort to revive stalled negotiations with Baghdad over oil policy. “As a goodwill gesture, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has offered to make a contribution to Iraq oil pipeline exports to give the negotiations the maximum chance of success,” said KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in a statement issued Thursday.

Europe: RWE agrees Dea sale to billionaire

German power giant RWE is to sell its oil and gas unit to a Russian billionaire in a €5bn (£4bn) deal, it emerged last night.
The debt-laden company, which owns supplier npower in the UK, has agreed to sell its Dea unit to L1 Energy, the investment vehicle backed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman.

UK: Shell raises sale sign over North Sea assets

OIL major Shell effectively put a “for sale” sign over some of its ageing North Sea assets today after a string of production breakdowns last year and as it seeks to rein in global growth ambitions.

UK: Offshore wind in £4m boost to help cut costs

Four companies have been given more than £4 million cash boost from the government to help them reduce the costs of generating offshore wind energy. The grants from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) will be used to stream-line the design and installation of offshore wind turbines which could lead to cost reductions of up to 35 per cent.

UK: Critical time for Scotland’s renewable energy

THIS is a historic year for Scotland, and a vital 12 months for Scotland’s renewable energy industry. The successes of recent years have seen us invest billions of pounds into Scotland’s economy, finally make some progress on renewable heat and become Scotland’s second source of electricity. But it is clear that we are entering a new phase, with harder times ahead.

UK: Massive offshore wind farm in Outer Moray Firth approved

The Scottish government has given the go-ahead to a major offshore wind farm development in the Outer Moray Firth.

The two neighbouring projects – from Moray Offshore Renewables Limited and Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited – involve a total of 326 turbines.

UK: Budget 2014: Moves to cut business energy costs

Measures to help cut energy costs for businesses, worth up to £7bn, have been announced by the chancellor.

The moves include a freeze on the Carbon Price Floor (CPF), one of the green levies on our energy bills, which has been pushing bills higher.

UK: High pressure drilling for tax

If you’re facing ultra-high pressure and high temperature, George Osborne has a little something to help out.

This is not the first time the Treasury has tried to find a way to unlock investment in such tough-going oil wells.

And included in Budget 2014, the tax break was welcomed by the offshore industry. It’s reckoned that move alone could unlock up to £6bn of investment.

UK: England’s lights ‘would go out without Scotland’s renewable energy’

England’s lights would go out without Scotland’s large and growing supply of renewable energy, according to Scotland’s energy minister.

Fergus Ewing hit back after the UK energy secretary, Ed Davey, said independence for Scotland would force up energy bills for Scottish households.

My selection of stories posted by Luis de Sousa At The Edge of Time. Luis’ focus this week is on Ukraine, Iraq and Libya.

Europe: Oettinger: ‘No need to worry about gas’

As a full-fledged member of the European Energy Community, the Ukraine is entitled to receive assistance from us. After examining the Ukrainian gas transit system we have worked out plans for its modernization and reconstruction. These plans could be realized quite quickly, and a part of them will be co-financed with the European Bank for Reconstruction and the World Bank.

Europe: Europe fears its dependency on Russian natural gas as U.S, EU sanctions near

Many European countries get a significant part — and in some cases all — of their natural gas, a key source of energy, from Russia, and fear that as relations deteriorate over Ukraine, it could be just a matter of time before the supply is affected, either through disruptions to the supply routes that run through Ukraine or, as is considered more likely, the result of political moves from Moscow.

World: Mainstream US Media Is Lost in Ukraine

As the Ukraine crisis continues to deepen, the mainstream U.S. news media is sinking to new lows of propaganda and incompetence. Somehow, a violent neo-Nazi-spearheaded putsch overthrowing a democratically elected president was refashioned into a “legitimate” regime, then the “interim” government and now simply “Ukraine.”

Europe: Ukraine – some thoughts on who is playing for what

First, most popular uprisings or protests get nowhere unless they get considerable outside help. For example Qatar supplied much of the help in the Arab Spring. In the Ukraine, it has been quite clear for a while now that the US has been in favour of a change of regime from pro-Russian to pro-Free market and agressively Ukrainain ethinc-nationalist. Witness that well known US peacenik Senator john McCain’s trip last December to Kiev where he made a point of being photographed several times with Oleh Tyahnybok the leader of Svoboda party, one of the three opposition leaders the US likes.

World: 27 killed across Iraq as militants seize village

KIRKUK, Iraq: Militants seized a village in north Iraq on Friday as attacks nationwide killed 27 people, including at least 10 policemen, amid a surge in bloodshed ahead of parliamentary elections.

The latest unrest comes barely a week before campaigning begins for the April 30 election due to take place as Iraq grapples with its worst protracted bloodletting since a brutal 2006-07 Sunni-Shiite sectarian war in which tens of thousands of people were killed.

World: Iraq Hit by Wave of Bombings and Attacks

BAGHDAD — Thirty-seven people were killed on Friday in a wave of bombings and attacks across Iraq, and eight soldiers were kidnapped, security officials said.

At dawn, a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into a police station in northeastern Diyala Province, followed by gunmen who sprayed bullets from speeding S.U.V.s. Eleven police officers were killed, including the commander of the unit, officials said.

World: As bad as it gets

IRAQI military helicopters flying over Baghdad have been dropping leaflets. Unlike those that fluttered down from American helicopters at the start of the invasion 11 years ago urging Iraqi soldiers not to resist, these ones are meant to persuade citizens to vote in national elections on April 30th. “In Saddam’s time they used to drop money from helicopters on national holidays,” recalled a wistful Baghdad resident, looking at a leaflet depicting the new electronic voter-registration card.

World: Libya oil port crisis

The oil port crisis gripping central Libya, where militias affiliated with the federalists from Cyrenaica seeking greater autonomy for their region have blockaded the country’s major oil exporting ports, escalated dangerously during the past two weeks. The militias allowed an oil tanker flying a North Korean flag but operated by an Egyptian-based company into Al-Sadra Port where it was loaded with around 234,000 barrels of crude. Central authorities in Tripoli charged that the so-called Political Bureau of Cyrenaica had sold this oil without their approval and that the shipment was illegal.

UK: Green Rules Shutting Power Plants Threaten U.K. Shortage: Energy

The U.K. risks power shortages because utilities may react to Europe’s toughest carbon-emissions rules by closing plants without replacing them.

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25 Responses to Blowout week 12

  1. Euan Mearns says:

    I led off with the Oettinger story because it symbolises the fantasy world of European energy strategists and politicians. William Hague’s piece is not much better.

    The gas pipeline supply network from Russia is vast, built during the Soviet era, its doubtful capital could be raised today for such a vast construction project. Before considering the re-engineering one would have to consider ownership. I don’t know the answer, but I’d guess that up to the old E European border that the infrastructure was / is owned by the Russians? That’s something that would be interesting to know.

    Oettinger seems to think that this can be simply re-engineered. Setting aside the need to build vast pumping stations let’s consider one of the obvious problems. If you reverse the flow in one of the pipes then you need to cut off the supply coming down that pipe from Russia. So you cut your throat to try and fix a circulation problem you have in your big toe 😉

    And Oettinger discusses supplying Ukraine with gas from European markets as if we had the stuff coming out of our ears. The main supplier to the European market that he discusses is Russia – and he is proposing to reverse some of that flow – BONKERS!

    I’m working up to a review post on European gas security, but these two earlier posts are worth a look.

    LNG Heading East
    European gas security

    From LNG heading east:

    Gas LNG Europe reports European LNG import capacity to be 205 BCM / annum in 2012 compared with only 65 BCM actual imports (BP; Figure 5) indicating only 32% utilisation.

    Global LNG supplies declined in 2012. If we are going to outbid Japan and S Korea for LNG cargoes then European nat gas prices are headed much higher.

    • Syndroma says:

      Ukrainian gas transit network belongs to Ukraine. Actually, it was always a hot issue. Gazprom for decades tried to buy or to make consortium with Europeans to manage it, but Ukrainians in the end changed constitution to prevent any government from doing it. It is assumed that the network is in disarray and in desperate need of investment. I don’t think Gazprom would object if Europeans decide to spend huge amounts of money to modernize it. I don’t think Gazprom would object if Europeans decide to buy gas from Russia and give it to Ukraine for free. It may turn out that Europe will have to pay billions to Russia monthly to keep Ukraine afloat.

      • Euan Mearns says:

        Thanks Syndroma, I agree that the Europeans are going to have to provide the cash and Russia the gas. I doubt Germany will want to invest in the trans Ukrainian pipes and would likely prefer to invest in new pipelines that by pass eastern Europe. There must be a huge amount of ullage (spare capacity) in the Brotherhood system since Russian exports to Europe are flat / falling and gas is now coming in via Nordstream 1 and 2.

  2. Kit P says:

    “is also far closer to a reality than most people think. ”
    Did any of these folks take modern nu8clear physics in college? From a theoretical point of view there is little difference between fission and fusion. Matter is converted to energy in the form of heat. From a practical point of view, fission is easy to control and fusion is not.
    We do not need a unlimited source of power. We are not having a problem supplying the limited amount of power society needs. It is a cheap commodity until your government starts taxing it. Energy is a basic need which is regulated so that industry will not take advantage of people. We need to regulate politicians to keep them from taking advantage.

  3. Roger Andrews says:


    One of the positive things about the Crimea standoff is that it’s finally forced the the EU to take a serious look at energy security, and at an EU summit meeting last week it was agreed that the EU should within 90 days draw up a plan for reducing its dependence on Russian gas. Exactly how this is to be done wasn’t discussed, but the New York Times, normally a global warming cheerleader, had the following suggestions:

    * Put the war against CO2 on hold.

    * Build more terminals and import more LNG from Qatar.

    * Quit closing coal fired plants and burn more cheap US coal.

    * Get fracking.

    * Go nuclear.

    There is of course no guarantee that revolutionary measures like these will be adopted, but if they are then Putin will have done more to re-establish sanity in EU energy policy than anyone in the EU ever did.

  4. Euan Mearns says:

    at an EU summit meeting last week it was agreed that the EU should within 90 days draw up a plan for reducing its dependence on Russian gas

    At some point, someone will need to explain why on Earth they should want to do that? Russia has been an extremely reliable supplier for many decades. Is it really preferable to have LNG tankers bobbing through Hormuz and Suez?

    And right now Europe does not need more LNG import capacity. It does need LNG trains and tankers to service the existing capacity. And as you know, its pretty easy to go out, find gas and build infrastructure – it should all be in place by September 😉

    • Roger Andrews says:

      Why on Earth should Europe want to reduce its dependence on Russian gas? How about “Ukraine”?

      “Russia has been an extremely reliable supplier for many decades.” Not when Ukraine gets involved:

      “In the mid- and late 2000s, many European countries suffered several unexpected energy cutoffs due to confrontations between Russia and the key pipeline transit states of Ukraine and Belarus over natural gas supply and transit issues. In 2009, Gazprom halted all natural gas supplies transiting Ukraine for nearly three weeks after the two sides failed to reach agreement on several issues, including a debt allegedly owed by Ukraine to Gazprom and the price that Ukraine would pay for natural gas supplies.”

      If Europe could wave its magic wand and make Ukraine disappear there wouldn’t be a problem, but no one has figured out how to do that yet.

      • Euan Mearns says:

        If Europe could wave its magic wand and make Ukraine disappear

        That's exactly what they did building Nordstream 1 and 2. Combined capacity of 55 BCM per annum that satisfies the whole of N Europe. The countries left out are Italy and Turkey – who never got around to building south stream. And I'm guessing the further East you go the more dependent you are upon the trans Ukraine Brotherhood pipes – so that will be Poland and Czech republic etc.

  5. Syndroma says:

    It will be interesting to see how fast Russia will rewire energy/transport supplies of Crimea. Today Ukraine halved the electricity power transmitted to Crimea. Luckily Russians have 17 mobile 20MW generators which were used as a backup during Sochi Olympics. Their relocation started a week ago. Gas supplies become critical though. One can only assume that Ukrainians are strongly discouraged from interfering with gas transit to Crimea. In the long run a pipeline from the mainland should be constructed of course. It’s interesting whether it’ll be a separate pipeline or South Stream will be re-routed to go through Crimea. And the sluggish project of a bridge for auto and rail traffic via the Kerch Strait was boosted to the national priority, although it’ll take up to a 5 years to complete that.

    • Euan Mearns says:

      Ukraine cutting energy supplies to Crimea, albeit electricity, sounds to me like the worst possible strategy. Presumably Crimea has its own power stations and is not wholly dependent upon Ukraine.

      • Syndroma says:

        Crimea generates 30% of its electricity. Plans are to build two large CCGT plants and to connect to the Russian grid. But it takes time, of course.

        The biggest problem is fresh water. There is a channel which delivers Dnepr waters to the peninsula for the irrigation. It is closed now for the winter, but crimeans are afraid the water won’t flow in the spring, seriously impacting agriculture.

  6. Joe Public says:

    Hi Euan. I stumbled across this page, and wonder if it adds to your views ………..

    Just two quotations……………

    1. “The only media that seem willing to acknowledge (the west’s inability to impose effective sanctions) are the finance sites. They can’t afford to let jingoism affect their bets, so they’ve been surprisingly clear-headed, saying outright that there’s nothing the West can do…”

    2. “Russia finished the final stage of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) Pipeline in 2013. And, as usual, it was the obscure, apolitical business sites that talked most honestly about what that meant. Here’s an industry publication, Oil Price, describing in plain and simple terms what that pipeline means:

    “Russia’s Transneft has opened its second and final branch of the $25 billion, 4,700km East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline to double its capacity to 30 million tons for total exports of 36 million tons in 2013.

    There are three things of significance here:

    The capacity-doubling pipeline could render the ESPO blend crude an official new blend on the world market

    It makes Russia’s Far East a major infrastructure player, posing it to become a strategic transit point for oil to Japan, China, the US, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan

    It gives Russia more leverage over Europe.”

    • Syndroma says:

      This video provides a nice insight into the difficulties of building a pipeline in the middle of nowhere:

    • Euan Mearns says:

      Joe, I didn’t know about the pipeline. Can you imagine the Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese or Koreans declining oil deliveries for so long as Russia occupies Crimea? I’m not aware that Russia has actually tried to use energy as leverage over Europe. But Europe feels impotent to react because of the dependency. Europe really does have to watch out lest Russia turns her back. The Far East is heavily dependent upon Middle East oil and I guess they may prefer to source supplies from Russia. While Europe’s preference seems to be the Islamic police states of the Gulf.

      Before this year is out I’d expect to hear news of a new gas pipeline to China. This has been much discussed before. Europe really needs to get real or it will find itself in serious trouble. The EU commission is badly broken. They been puffing CO2 and make believe energy strategies for too long. Ironically they have also embraced the Stalinist strategy of production targets.

      The financial press often tends to be the closest you come to the real world. But in this instance I simply do not understand the political posturing of The West. Crimea is gone. What is to be gained from punishing Russia? If they want to ensure that Russia leaves the rest of Ukraine (and Belarus) alone then I think a good starting point would be to provide assurances that Ukraine will never join the EU or NATO. That is not to say that the EU cannot develop close ties and provide assistance. But my own view is that both Ukraine and Belarus should be left as a neutral zone between E and W.

  7. Roger Andrews says:

    I just came across an interesting sidelight on the Ukraine situation which is a little off topic, but I don’t remember seeing it mentioned anywhere so I thought I’d share it.

    In December 1994 the US, UK, Russia and Ukraine signed the Budapest Memorandum, under which the US, UK and Russia agreed to “respect Ukrainian independence and sovereignty within its existing borders, refrain from the threat or use of force against Ukraine and refrain from using economic pressure on Ukraine in order to influence its politics.”

    Well, so much for that.

    And what did the US, UK and Russia get in return? Ukraine gave up the world’s third largest nuclear weapons stockpile, effectively abandoning it to Russia.

    One wonders what would have happened if they hadn’t.

  8. Alfred says:

    “And what did the US, UK and Russia get in return? Ukraine gave up the world’s third largest nuclear weapons stockpile, effectively abandoning it to Russia.

    One wonders what would have happened if they hadn’t. ”

    Roger Andrews,

    The Russians have a very good idea of who exactly they are dealing with. I mean, it was not until the 1950’s that the Red Army managed to get total control of the Ukraine back.

    The darling of the EU – the beautiful lady with the long blond hair – Yulia Tymoshenko – has been discussing the dropping of nuclear weapons on Russian-speaking Ukrainians. Let’s not forget that this lady was an oligarch and that she did extremely well out of the gas business – until she lost the election and was locked up for corruption.

    There is no question that this is a genuine recording – just like with Victoria Nuland – as it has not been denied and certainly fits in with what everyone knows about those who carried out the putsch in Kiev.

    • Euan Mearns says:

      Her [Yulia Tymoshenko] release was made possible by a vote in parliament that changed the criminal code – part of the EU-led deal that President Yanukovych had signed on Friday.

    • Kit P says:

      Ukraine does not have nuclear weapons. Never did. The USSR had nuclear weapons some of which were in the Ukraine. Furthermore, nuclear weapons are obsolete as are Russian tanks. George Bush demonstrated this in Iraq. George Bush did not ask Putin for permission, nor anyone in France, or China. Followers like to pretend they are leaders by running their moths off against the USA.
      While the USSR had a peak of 45,000 nuclear weapons compared to the 25,000 in the USA active arsenal. Now the US and Russia have about 2,000. Just enough to make things really ugly but not enough to invade and defeat a large county. Russia is a corrupt pathetic country. Everyone knows this including Putin. USA is the first wold supper power that has not established itself as an empire. We have learned the lessons of history. We will not tanks roll across borders to attack a weaker neighbor.

    • Roger Andrews says:

      Alfred: I wasn’t saying that a nuclear-armed Ukraine would be good. I was merely wondering what might have happened if the Ukrainians hadn’t signed the Budapest Memorandum.

      Let me briefly recap some history. Ukraine has declared independence twice. The first declaration in 1917 started a war that went on until 1921, with the Western Ukrainians, the Eastern Ukrainians, the White Russians, the Bolsheviks, the Poles, the Romanians and even briefly the French (who occupied Odessa and Sevastopol in 1918) fighting each other over the spoils. Finally the Bolsheviks triumphed and put the lid on the dispute for 70 years.

      But putting the lid on the dispute hasn’t made it go away. All the old emotions, rivalries and hatreds are still there, and that’s what you’re hearing when you listen to Tymoshenko. On the other hand the fact that the dispute didn’t erupt into another armed conflict – as it did in Yugoslavia – when the lid came off in 1991 and Ukraine declared independence for the second time was at least a step in the right direction. Better putsches than panzers.

      • Alfred says:

        A long while back, in 1978 and during the Iranian revolution, I went to speak to the air force General running Iran Air at that time (my CEO) to ask him whether I should leave or renew my contract with them. He told me that bullets do not make distinction between people – they don’t ask for your passport before striking. I followed his advice and got out. A couple of years later, I saw him playing roulette at the “Palm Beach Casino” – a London casino that gave me lifetime membership because they were under the misapprehension that I was wealthy. I guess he followed his own advice. The whole ruling class of Iran at that time was working for America – so much for America’s non-imperialist agenda. The same is observable in dozens and dozens of countries. They are believed to have miliary bases in over 50 countries.

        You say “better putsches than panzers.” I think you mean only when these putsches put into power American-sponsored politicians. The Russians never threatened Ukraine and have been exceptionally patient with their gas bill. I cannot imagine BP, Shell or Exxon being equally patient. Your words are a repeat of the front cover on this week’s “Economist” and a picture in yesterday’s “Financial Times” – both showing Russian tanks. It is pure propaganda. Today’s FT has an article about Crimea’s minorities – no mention of the Russian-speaking 8 million in Ukraine who had their schools closed and language outlawed by thugs in Kiev – thugs who shot their own police and protesters.

        The link I sent you above shows clearly that the New York Times will not seriously report on what happened on 9/11 to Building 7. This means that the whole thing – from A-Z was a manufactured false-flag operation. It is clear to me that you have governments that are actually waging war against their own people in the West. A bit like Communism.

        “Americans Are Finally Learning About False Flag Terror”

        • Euan Mearns says:

          Alfred, I have valued your input that has provided insight from the “arab” perspective. I think its really important to have honest perspectives from all sides. But your comments today have kind of gone off in a conspiracy theory direction that I don’t fully understand.

          I have modified your posting rights so that comments need to be approved before they appear. I think it best that other commenters simply ignore this comment and the recent comments you have made.


          • Kit P says:

            I enjoy a good conspiracy theory as much as the next person, especially in the movies.
            “produced, among other things, nuclear bombs, DDT, ”
            It is a great gift to latch onto some minor fact while ignoring overwhelming evidence. A whole generation of Americans have never experienced air pollution or a major conflict yet some still dredge up events before their time and understanding to find a world an awful place.

  9. Syndroma says:

    Crimeans may have a lot of ongoing issues to deal with, but it seems natural gas is not one of them. One of the first steps of new authorities after the referendum was nationalization of Chernomorneftegaz – a company which develops offshore oil & gas fields.
    “In 2013, Chernomorneftegaz produced 1.651 billion cubic metres of natural gas” – and that is 100% of Crimean consumption. In 2014 they plan to produce 2bn cu m of gas, and right now are pumping the excess gas into an underground storage.

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