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    YUKOS SUBSIDIARY VIOLATED NATURE CONSERVATION LAWS

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 30 (RIA NOVOSTI) - The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources has revealed grave violations of nature conservation legislation by the Arctic Gas Company (Yukos subsidiary, Yamal-Nenets autonomous area, Ural federal district).

    The ministerial press release says that a comprehensive check of its observance of the laws, held in November-December 2003, has revealed facts of the subsidiary's non-licensed (or actually illegal) production of hydrocarbon primary materials on part of the Urengoi field.

    In addition, violations of the license terms regarding a range of other fields have also been disclosed, as well as a lack of information on regular payments for the use of natural reserves.

    The check has also established facts of submitting untrustworthy information to the state bodies on the subsidiary's payments for environment pollution, misrepresented statistical reports. As a result, a comparative analysis of the soil, air, sediments and water surface condition reports for 2000 and 2003 has revealed a considerable deterioration of the environment in the subsidiary's zone of responsibility.

    On materials of the check, over 200 instructions to rectify the violations have been issued to the offender, the ministerial press service reports.

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