Through exceptional access and stunning photography, “Sakhalin: Extraction or Extinction?” reveals the increasingly acute conflict between frontier oil and gas development, and the preservation of pristine environments.
First commissioned by Channel 4 News, the documentary looks at the on-going controversy over the ‘Sakhalin 2 Project’ – the largest integrated oil and gas development in the world – and its environmental impacts on one of the most remote habitats on earth. Sakhalin Island, and its surrounding seas, are home to some of the rarest animals on the planet, including the critically endangered Western Grey Whale.
The report with Channel 4 News Environment Correspondent Tom Clarke was broadcast in July 2006. An extended version of the film is in distribution with Journeyman Pictures.