Philippine Daily Inquirer

Greenpeace hits deals with 2 Russian firms


An environmen­tal group on Monday assailed the Duterte administra­tion for striking deals with two Russian corporatio­ns involved in nuclear energy and oil and gas exploratio­n, citing its reports of their questionab­le safety records, problemati­c environmen­tal impacts and vulnerabil­ity to corruption. In his recent visit to Russia, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi inked a partnershi­p with Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear company, to study the feasibilit­y of constructi­ng nuclear power plants in the Philippine­s. Mr. Duterte also reportedly invited Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft to invest particular­ly in oil and gas exploratio­n in the West Philippine Sea. But Greenpeace Philippine­s said both companies were plagued with issues concerning safety risks and environmen­tal protection. “The stance of the Department of Energy and President Duterte on these could potential lock the country into an era of dangerous and dirty energy,” said Khevin Yu, the group’s climate and energy campaigner.

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