From bad to worse
We’ve been holding back from publishing on the events in Ukraine ’til now, mostly because it’s evolving fast, while readers may be following it as much as we do. But we just went across two valuable bits of info, from the past and the present, concerning the upcoming, planned land-grab of this country by Western interests.
So it Looks like the fascists of Ukraine, now pretty much in charge of the Kiev government since the putsch of Feb. 22, are standing true to their corporatist roots and especially their Western corporate sponsors…
Not your black bloc
From Feb. 3
Ukraine, Chevron to sign shale gas project agreement in March
Ukraine and Chevron will sign an operational agreement in March that should see the US major start work on shale gas extraction in the country, acting Energy and Coal Industry Minister Eduard Stavytskiy said Saturday.
« We have worked out the agreement and will sign it in March, » Stavytskiy said at a press conference. « I hope that we will complete this work in the first quarter. » Ukraine and Chevron signed a production sharing agreement, or PSA, in November 2013, paving the way for a $10 billion shale gas development project in regions bordering the European Union.
From Natural Gas Europe:
Russia and Ukraine rise higher in the European ranking for technically recoverable shale gas resources, according to the report released on Monday by the US government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The new report presents fresh estimates on 95 basins in 41 countries, taking into consideration 47 new basins and 9 countries not analysed in the 2011 report. Russia is one of those countries.
According to the new estimates, ccording to the new estimates, Russia is the European country with the largest shale gas (285 tcf), followed by Poland with 148 tcf, France with 137 tcf and Ukraine with 128 tcf.
Shale gas resource estimates for Poland, France and Norway were revised lower due to better data on basins and the elimination of speculative areas.
The agreement, which follows a similar deal signed with Shell in January 2013, is seen as improving the country’s energy security and potentially reducing dependence on imports of natural gas from Russia.
Government work has been disrupted over the last couple of months due to massive street protests in Ukraine after President Viktor Yanukovych decided to change the country’s foreign policy direction away from closer integration with the EU and towards closer ties with Russia.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned last week, triggering a reshuffle of the entire government. Stavytskiy, as well as other government ministers, will be acting ministers until the new government is formed.
Liberation? Not exactly…
Stavytskiy said the protests and the government reshuffle had no impact on its cooperation with Chevron.
« We are in close contact with our strategic investors, » Stavytskiy said. « The company’s officials are in Ukraine. Nobody has left the country in connection with these events. All have confirmed their commitments. »
The PSA with Chevron covers the Olesska shale gas deposit, which extends through the Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv regions bordering the EU.
The PSA covers a term of up to 50 years, with the initial five years devoted to an exploration phase focused on acquiring seismic data and the drilling of exploration wells, Chevron said.
The government estimates that the Olesska deposit contains almost 3 trillion cubic meters of shale gas, with likely production of 8-10 billion cubic meters/year.
Chevron, as operator, will work together with Nadra Olesska, a joint venture in which state-owned resources company Nadra Ukrayiny holds 90%.
SPK-Geoservice, a small private Ukrainian company, owns the remaining 10% in the venture.
Ukraine has Europe’s fourth-largest shale gas reserves, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
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Ukraine: « bread basket of Europe »
The following is based on remarks at the US-Ukraine Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Dec.13. from Monsanto Blog
Agriculture and food production are key drivers in our global economy, sitting at the crossroads of some of the most important issues facing society – growing population, food demand and the need to preserve natural resources. At Monsanto, we’re focused on sustainable agriculture, which, very simply, is producing more with fewer resources while improving the lives of farmers.
Farmers are part of the backbone of any country, and especially so in Ukraine, long known as the “bread basket of Europe” because of farmers’ access to favorable soils and growing conditions. Those two factors have helped position Ukrainian farmers to contribute significantly to help meet food demands.
As a company, we are committed to Ukrainian agriculture today and in the future. We’ve been active in the country since 1992 and have well-established operations. We currently supply corn, oilseed rape and vegetable seed as well as agrochemicals to both small farmers and leading agro companies across the country.
The usual global gangsters at the US-Ukraine conference. They’re OK with the fascist scumbags.
As agriculture expands in Ukraine, so, too, do our operations and the job opportunities we provide. Last year the number of our employees doubled.
We see significant growth opportunities in the corn market, and last year and this year our seed production hectares have grown. We’ve also invested in irrigation systems to help support sustainable seed production. In addition, we’re committed to support Ukrainian farmers in reaching the government’s and farmers’ goal to produce 80 million metric tons of grain annually.
To help support this growth, we’re planning to invest in a new a seed production facility for conventional corn seed. We currently produce about 40 percent of our seeds for Ukraine’s market within the country, and a new production facility would allow us to produce more locally. In addition, the facility would provide new jobs. We’re an active member and supporter of the communities where we operate, and we’re strongly committed to conducting our business in a responsible and transparent way.
I also want to stress the importance of creating a favorable environment that encourages innovation and fosters the continued development of agriculture. Ukraine has the opportunity to further develop the potential of conventional crops, which is where we are currently concentrating our efforts. We also hope that at some point biotechnology is a tool that will be available to Ukrainian farmers in the future.
Another opportunity is addressing some of the societal barriers that block new innovations. Public uneasiness is sometimes part of any innovation, and especially so in farming and food production. While we’ve done a great job of talking with farmers, we haven’t always done a good job of connecting with consumers. We’re beginning to take some positive steps in sharing information about our products and business with broader society. We still have a long way to go, but it’s essential to begin the dialogue now.
Yes, we have a business in Ukraine, but we also invest in the communities where we operate, because we are part of the communities and our commitment is for the long term.
Related: Learn more about a new program we recently launched in Ukraine called “Grain Basket of the Future.” The program is sponsored by Monsanto and aims to help rural villagers improve their quality of life. The program offers rural Ukrainians the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to help them develop a program that provides educational opportunities, community empowerment, or small business development.