` Gazprom and Rosneft have Licenses Now Russia Applies to UN to Affirm Borders ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – May 14 – Russia will apply to the United Nations next year to affirm borders of its economic zone in the Arctic, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoy said on Wednesday.

Arctic Shelf

Evidence will be presented to prove that 1.2 million square kilometres of water area, including the Mendeleev and Lomonosov ridges, were a continuation of Russia’s continental shelf, said Donskoy.

Research for the application, to be ready by November, has been under-way since 2006. This year, it will take place in the furthest northern Russian waters.


It will then take an examining commission several years to consider the application given the vast area involved.

Donskoy said he hoped Russia’s bid would be considered “professionally and without political bias”, as in the successful application for 52,000 square kilometres in the far eastern Sea of Okhotsk, approved last year.

Gazprom and Rosneft are officially the only companies with the right to explore the Russian Artic shelf, as they both received exclusive extraction licenses in return for large cash payments.

In 2009, Rosneft agreed to pay 1.4 billion roubles ($450 million) and Gazprom 1.2 billion in a resolution passed by the state Duma, but the exact amount paid in June 2013 for the licenses is unknown.

Russia has passed a law that only companies in which the state owns more than half and have at least 5 years of Arctic experience are eligible for permits



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` Greenpeace said it will sue ` Russia ‘ before the `European Court of Human Rights ‘ over detention its Members ‘

#AceWorldNews Greenpeace said it will sue Russia before the European Court of Human Rights for the detention of its members last year during a protest against Arctic drilling.

The 30 Greenpeace activists and journalists were detained – and their ship was seized – by Russian forces in September as they protested at an offshore oil rig owned by state energy firm Gazprom.

The 30 were held for around two months before being allowed bail and amnesty. Greenpeace is seeking compensation and an admonishment for the detention, as they say it was illegal to imprison them for a peaceful protest based on rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, which Russia has approved.

“We think the Arctic 30 were apprehended and detained in flagrant violation of applicable international and Russian laws,” said lawyer Sergey Golubok.

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” Surviving the Polar Vortex and How People Coped in Atlanta”

#AceWeatherNews says a recent article in the CSM describes how the people of Atlanta coped during the recent “Polar Vortex” when temperatures fell to as low as 6 degrees Farenheit   

Satellite Image Shows Entry of the Polar Vorte...

Satellite Image Shows Entry of the Polar Vortex into the Northern U.S. (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

Anthony Gray did what almost all of the 6,000 or so homeless people in Atlanta had to do Monday, as temperatures plunged to a record 6 degrees F.: He made a decision to possibly save his own life, or at least his fingers and toes, from the polar vortex.

  • A person who says he likes his own space, which means often sleeping by himself outdoors, Mr. Gray decided to seek shelter with the multitudes clustering around community hearths amid a dangerous, even deadly, Arcticcold wave that weather experts said had the potential of freezing bare skin with only 15 minutes of exposure.

“All the homeless people ran for their lives, and I did, too!” says Gray, who took sanctuary in county-run Grady Hospital, which cares for the city’s poor. “I’d never seen it so cold in the South.” he said.

Good bye, Polar Vortex!

Good bye, Polar Vortex! (Photo credit: vanhookc)

As temperatures finally floated above freezing on Thursday, those who live in a part of the country unaccustomed to minus wind chills reflected on a dangerous few days that plunged Southern cities with vulnerable homeless people from Austin to Atlanta into a historic cold.

To be sure, the chill took its toll: Two people died in the Atlanta area from exposure, part of a cohort of some 21 people across the US who died for reasons connected in some way to the frigid weather.

Comparatively, however, only a few who perished could be considered chronically homeless, even though those folks are arguably the most cold-vulnerable group of Americans, with as many as 800,000 of them sleeping outside on any given night.

That suggests to some that many Americans showed particular, though perhaps not unexpected, concern for the less fortunate in a cold snap that exposed so many already-vulnerable citizens to weather that was, as Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth told NBC News, “[It is cold enough to take your breath away}”

State emergency officials said they were on high alert as the dense mass of polar cold air approached last weekend. Yet in the end, not a single Georgia municipality requested help from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), which mostly gave warnings and updates on the “weather event” as it proceeded into the midweek.

Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex (Photo credit: kingston99)

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