the Black Sea ecosystem is threatened by a project to build a pipeline to transport oil to the sea shores from Kazakhstan through southern Russia. Some of the largest oil companies of the world are involved in the Caspian Pipeline Consortium ( cpc ), a us $2-billion project that is being termed as the "project of the century'. Work on the pipeline is scheduled to begin later this year and finish by the end of 1999.
The project would transport oil from the Tengiz oil fields in Kazakhstan to the Black Sea. Oil from this region is known to be extremely volatile and saturated with sulphur. It can produce poisonous gases and explosive compounds when exposed to air. The pipeline would terminate on the shores of the Black Sea close to the Abravski nature reserve