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[14 Mar 2014 | Topics: ]

Today on the March 14, 2014 at public hearings in the town of Mogocha on Trans-Siberia Railroad local people endorsed an ambitious plan to develop a nature reserve on 330 000 hectares.This protected area is designed to safeguard the Upper flow of the Amur River and valleys of its two principal sources: Shilka River and Argun River.

Roe deer crossing Shilka river in the proposed nature reserve. Photo by Eugene Simonov

This is a symbolic origin of the Amur – the last great free-flowing river that empties from Eurasia into the Pacific …

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[2 Apr 2012 | Topics: ]

From International Day against the large dams to the World Water Day a wave of actions in defense of the river Shilka initiated by WWF and local NGOs rolled through the Amur River basin from headwaters to the ocean.

“EuroSibEnergo-En+”, the largest independent power producer in Russia, and China Yangtze Power Co. (”CYPC”), the largest Chinese listed hydroelectricity producer, prepare for joint investment into power plant construction projects in Eastern Siberia. Trans-Sibirskaya Hydro in Zabaikalsky Region, on Shilka river –the source of mighty Amur River with 450 kilometer long reservoir …

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[31 Jan 2012 | Topics: ]

Amur Socio-ecological Union reported that at 5.30 a.m. on Jan.31 in Amurskaya Province on Trans-Siberia Railroad at Bureya River crossing an oil-carrying train was derailed and 17 cisterns with oil tipped over.

Burining oil spill 500 meters from Bureya River. Photos by http://amur.info/
Volume of oil spill is 850 tons according to oilru.com. Oil ignited from electric wire and is burning ever since keeping at least 200 people busy fighting fire. Both tracks are damaged and train movement at Trans-Siberia Railroad is disrupted. No casualties reported as of 12 a.m.

Google-earth image …

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[29 Jan 2012 | Topics: ]

Extremely informative hearings “China’s Global Quest for Resources” were held on January 26, 2012 in the US Senate. Leading American and Indian experts delivered their testimony on China’s role in mineral extraction, hydropower, water consumption, energy use, and fisheries, but the hearings somehow omitted forestry and agriculture. We will limit our review to water issues.
Dr. Elizabeth Economy from Council on US Foreign Relations and Dr. Brahma Chellaney , Professor of Strategic Studies, New Delhi University in their testimony draw apocalyptic picture of Chinese ability to use transboundary waters as a …

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[27 Jan 2012 | Topics: ]

A new policy on basin-wide strategic assessment of relations between hydropower and environment called “Provisional Measures for the Evaluation of River Hydropower Plans (RHPs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs)” (“????????????????????????”) was issued by National Reform and Development Commission (NRDC). Methodology is intended for use in “Important River” Hydropower Plans, which include large rivers, transboundary rivers and rivers along provincial borders(including state border). But relevant agencies are encouraged to use new policy on “non-important rivers” as well. The evaluation process should ensure objectivity, impartiality and scientific quality. EIA conclusion and …

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[8 Jan 2012 | Topics: ]

New Bureisky Hydro has no provision for environmental flows
In December 2011 in Khabarovsk several members of RwB Coalition participated in technical review of new Operational Rules for Zeysky Hydro Reservoir . Despite concerns voiced by NGOs and experts since 2008and supported by provincial agencies no provision was made to provide environmental flow release below Zeysky Dam to ensure flooding necessary for fish spawning and sustaining of floodplain ecosystem on Zeya and Amur rivers. There is strong evidence that even habitat of rarest birds Oriental White Stork and Japanese Crane has …