Cleaning Up in the Former Soviet Union

by Bernhard H. Metzger, Manager; Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment Consulting Group, Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA,
Kempton Dunn, III, Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment Consulting Group, Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA,


Serial Information: Worldwide Projects, 1993, Vol. 1, Issue 3, Pg. 4-10


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: As they negotiate with authorities in Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and other former Soviet Republics, Western companies—including many of the big oil and natural-resources firms—are surprised by the environmental aspects. Despite (or because of) decades of neglect, environmental regulations in the former Soviet republics are tough, and officials expect investors to import their best environmental practices. The authors, who worked for the consulting firm Arthur D. Little on the planning of an oil and gas-condensate field in Kazakhstan, also discuss the need for companies to understand the increasingly tangled lines of authority in the former Soviet Union and the need to work well with the local scientific and technical elite, which often feels challenged to prove that its technology and theoretical knowledge are a match for anything in the West.

Subject Headings: Regulations | Environmental issues | Government policies | Political factors

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