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Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union$
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Julian Agyeman and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012669

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012669.001.0001

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The Fight for Community Justice against Big Oil in the Caspian Region: The Case of Berezovka, Kazakhstan

The Fight for Community Justice against Big Oil in the Caspian Region: The Case of Berezovka, Kazakhstan

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(p.153) 7 The Fight for Community Justice against Big Oil in the Caspian Region: The Case of Berezovka, Kazakhstan
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Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union
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Kate Watters

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012669.003.0008

This chapter examines the efforts of the people of Berezovka, Kazakhstan to counter the deleterious environmental and public health effects of industrial oil development. It explains that Kazakhstan opened its oil resources for development after the breakup of the Soviet Union and describes how petroleum production intensified a downward spiral of unsustainable economic development and ecological degradation not only in Kazakhstan but in the wider Caspian Sea region. This chapter also considers the Berezovka Initiative Group’s campaign for environmental justice.

Keywords:   industrial oil development, Berezovka, Kazakhstan, public health, unsustainable economic development, ecological degradation, Berezovka Initiative Group, environmental justice, Caspian Sea region

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