Glencore Plc: subsidiary company pollutes river in Kazakhstan impacts reaching as far as Russia

At the end of May 2016 it emerged that spilled wastewater from a mine operated by Kazzinc Ltd in Ridder (Kazakhstan) has polluted the river Ulba, a tributary of the Irtysch, over a length of hundreds of kilometres. Locals are reporting breathing difficulties as far as 700 metres from the river. At the beginning of June, the grey coloured water is likely to reach its one million city- Omsk (Russia)- after covering a distance of 1100 kilometers.   ... →

Oil Consortium fined for gas flaring in Kazakhstan

An international consortium of oil companies (ENI, Shell, ExxonMobil, Total, CNPC. Inpex and KazMunaiGas) has been fined by the Kazakh Environment Ministry for flaring 2.8 million cubic metre of gas which is rich in hydrogen sulphide. When brunt, the gas produces sulphur dioxide and thus damages the environment. The consortium operates the Kashagan oil field in the Caspian Sea.   ... →