April 26, 2006

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.