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DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGY AND FOREST RESOURCES IN SIBERIA:   CATASTROPHE AND POTENTIAL

Speaker:
Matthew H. Pelkki
Associate Professor of Forest Management
University of Kentucky

Date:
Thursday, December 9, 1999 3:30 pm
KCTCS Conference Center
Center for Applied Energy Research

Abstract:

Western Siberia has the world's eight largest oil reserves, the second largest coal reserves, and the worlds largest natural gas reserves. These resources are found beneath a vast boreal forest, swamp and bog ecosystem that lies east of the Ural Mountains and west of the Yenisei River. Since the late 1950's the mineral resources have been explored and developed with little or no regard to environmental security or protection and the result has been environmental castastrophe on scales unheard of in the United States.

The Department of Forestry and the Novosibirsk Branch of the Institute of Forests (Russian Academy of Sciences) are developing energy development plans and forest reclamation technologies to repair damage caused by oil, coal and gas exploration in Western Siberia. Completed work and proposed research will be presented.