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The British government is pressuring Russia to postpone a controversial search for oil and gas because of the potential impact on endangered whales.
Rosneft, the Russian state-owned energy company, plans to conduct the seismic survey next week in the waters off Sakhalin island, in the far east of the country. Marine experts say they are extremely concerned about the possible impact on a fragile population of western grey whales. The next few weeks mark a critical time in the breeding season of the whales, and the survey is scheduled to take place when the highest number of animals are in the region, including mothers and calves.