Communications News: Green groups slam Shell for PR answer to Russian oil leak

Environmental groups have accused oil giant Shell of arrogance after its operating unit at Sakhalin advertised for a 'crisis management' PR officer, just weeks after a contracted dredger beached and spilled heavy fuel oil on the coast of the Russian island.

"The priority seems to be getting an effective oil spill spin, rather than an oil response," said a Friends of the Earth spokesman.

Sakhalin Energy hasn't yet drawn up an emergency oil response plan for the Sakhalin project, he said, which is scheduled to come on-stream in 2006.

Dmitry Lisitsyn, spokesman for Sakhalin Environment Watch, added: "People want oil operations to be made safe - not just someone to tell them that they are safe. Shell must clean up its act, not its image."

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