"Russian ecologist Patin synthesizes the massive research on all aspects of the impact of expanding the industry onto the continental shelf on the environment, fish stock, and fisheries in shelf waters. He emphasizes the environmental levels, behavior, and toxicities of oil and gas hydrocarbons and related chemicals and wastes, including so-called low-toxicity drilling muds and cuttings. He also analyzes strategic principles of environmental management and regulation for environmental protection and ecological monitoring in relation to offshore oil and gas activity. An impetus for the work is the increasing exploitation of Russia's offshore oil and gas resources, the richest in the world, and the recent bitter dispute with Exxon about it." -- SciTech Book News, Book News, Inc. December, 1999
From the Publisher
This book is a single-source reference on environmental issues surrounding the offshore oil and gas industry. The scale of information covered in the text is unique: it includes detailed data and multidisciplinary discussion on every facet of the problem. This self-contained comprehensive resource belongs to the library of everybody concerned with environmental aspects of the offshore oil and gas development. It is a necessary tool for the oil and gas professionals, environmental protection and fisheries specialists, as well as members of the government and public groups involved in activities to control and prevent the impact.