In the course of continuous dialog between TNK-BP and environmental NGOs in May and June 2008, a joint decision was taken to conduct ornithological studies of the wetlands and key ornithological areas in Verkhneye Dvuobye, including of the floodplain in the Kamennoe license area of the Krasnoleninsk oil and gas field. The studies were conducted by the Bird Protection Association of Russia and financed by the Kamennoe oil and gas production unit (TNK-Nyagan).
The main aim of these studies was to identify birds nesting in Verkhneye Dvuobye and flocking there during the fall migration and molting periods. Particular attention was paid to the possible presence of rare bird species in the floodplain area. These studies had independent scientific significance for the ornithological society. They also updated and complemented the baseline studies of the environmental situation in the northern hub of the Kamennoe license area and helped in the development of environmental impact mitigation measures. The studies yielded a scientific report on the summer and fall states of the bird fauna in the area.
In addition, ecological and landscape mapping of the Kamennoe license area was completed to determine the level of anthropogenic disturbance in its different parts.
The results of studies and the materials of environmental impact assessment were discussed during public hearings held in the Oktyabrsky District of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area and round table meetings with the general public in Khanty-Mansiisk and Moscow.