New dangers added to threat list for fuel and energy facilities

A government resolution, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, adds several dangers to the list of potential threat from acts of unlawful interference with fuel and energy facilities.

A government resolution, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, adds several dangers to the list of potential threat from acts of unlawful interference with fuel and energy facilities.

The first is the threat of a seizure of a fuel and energy facility, that is, the possibility of installing control over it by force or "any form of intimidation." Also included in the list of dangers is the threat of an explosion, damage to hazardous substances, blocking, stealing elements leading to accidents, and technical threats.

According to the new regulations, fuel and energy facilities need to inform the Interior Ministry, the Federal Security Service, the Emergency Situations Ministry and the Energy Ministry about any threat of or act of illegal interference. The relevant bodies must be informed immediately and no later than one day after the discovery of the threat or act of illegal interference.

Last week Medvedev said at a meeting on transporting hydrocarbons from the Caspian that liability for unsanctioned entry into fuel and energy facilities needs to be toughened.

The prime minister said that oil and gas facilities are heightened danger facilities. He said he was not just talking about different types of hooliganism but also other crimes as well as banal theft.

As reporter the icebreaker Arctic Sunrise on September 18 approached Gazprom drilling platform Prirazlomnaya. Two out of the 30 Greenpeace activists aboard attempted, unsuccessfully, to get onto the platform. The next day border guards stormed the ship and took it to Murmansk Port. The Greenpeace activists have been accused of piracy. This is not the first Greenpeace campaign against Prirazlomnaya. In August 2012, six climbers occupied the platform for 15 hours.

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