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The government has supported a bill to abolish environmental expertise for drilling wells in the Arctic

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The Government of the Russian Federation submitted a positive response to the deputy bill, which excludes the state environmental expertise (SEE) of the project documentation of drilling wells in the Arctic, as well as social and transport infrastructure facilities on the government's list. The draft law is supported by the Government, taking into account the comments.
The Assembly draws attention to the fact that the amendments provided for in the draft law require corresponding amendments to the Urban Planning Code.
As reported, the bill was submitted to the State Duma in late January by a group of deputies and senators. It is proposed to exclude the SEE of social and transport infrastructure facilities, the list of which will be established by the government. These objects should not be included in the I and II categories of objects that have a negative impact on the environment.
The proposed draft law proposes to exclude the use of SEE for the design documentation of drilling wells created on a land plot provided to a subsurface user and necessary for regional geological study, exploration and production of oil and natural gas.
If adopted, the law on the abolition of the SEE for a number of objects will enter into force 45 days from the date of its official publication and will apply to the rights and obligations that arose after the entry into force of the law "On State Support for Business Activities in the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation". At the moment, the date of consideration of the bill in the parliament has not yet been determined.

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https://ru.arctic.ru/ecology/20210429/993062.html

https://www.rbc.ru/economics/27/01/2021/601138959a794755b60fb5e7

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