Museum of Oil . For decades, Russia’s oil giants have been polluting parts of the country’s once thriving landscape, often in secret, spilling oil onto the land and into the Arctic Ocean, poisoning the water and destroying the livelihood of local communities and Indigenous Peoples. When BP spilt 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the whole world took notice. The Russian oil industry spills more than 30 million barrels on land each year—six times the amount that escaped during the Deepwater Horizon disaster —often under a veil of secrecy and corruption. And every 18 months, more than 4 million barrels spews into the Arctic Ocean, where it becomes everyone’s problem. The development of Russia’s continental shelf is characterised by the most complicated working conditions and requires the use of new and unique technologies. At the same time, among the major constraints are: lack of infrastructure, remoteness of extraction areas from coastal support bases, extremely difficult, natural climatic and engineering-geological conditions, and the absence of proven technologies for the development of offshore oil and gas fields in the Arctic. . . . Image: Arctic Oil. Oil and gas exploration in Northern Siberia, Territorial Agency, 2016. . . . #museumofoil #oil #anthropocene #finance #territorialagency

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