Putin orders oil pipeline routed away from Baikal
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday
ordered a giant new oil pipeline to be routed away from Lake
Baikal, the world’s deepest lake and home to hundreds of unique
He said the pipeline, which will link Siberian oil fields
and the Pacific Coast, must skirt the catchment area of the
lake, which is highly earthquake-prone and which scientists say
would be permanently damaged if oil spilled from the pipeline.