Putin orders to move oil pipeline

Publish date: March 27, 2006

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline to be built more than 40 kilometers from Lake Baikal.

Speaking to Russian Academy of Sciences Vice-President Nikolai Laverov at a session on Siberia’s socioeconomic development in Tomsk on Wednesday, Putin asked: "Does it mean that if anything happens Baikal will not be polluted?" Laverov answered positively, Interfax reported. "The pipeline will be built to the north of the zone pointed out by Academician Laverov. That is settled then," Putin said.