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Yesterday, reading this article from Politico, I thought it odd that a person known to be a GOP operative from a number of years had helped to put Yanukovych into place. Then it seemed even odder that the same man had gone to help McCain’s election campaign although he apparently left that to a business partner. Then, I got to thinking about why this one little lake, peninsula and Black Sea base was so important to everyone.


After looking it up, there are exploration contracts waiting to be signed that were put off between Nov 2013 and now – which are, in fact, yet to be signed. It represents a huge payoff.

The agreement, which was expected to be signed by the end of November, targets the offshore Skifske gas field that is expected to produce between 8 billion cubic meters and 10 billion cu m of gas annually.



ExxonMobil and Shell won bid on Black Sea Skifska gas field

Sep 24, 2012 – In June 2012, Kiev issued calls for tender to international oil companies for the exploration and development of two offshore natural gas fields 


The Skifska gas field natural gas field located on the continental shelf of the Black Sea. It was discovered in 2012 and developed by a consortium consisting of Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Petrom and Nadra. It will begin production in 2015 and will produce natural gas and condensates. The total proven reserves of the Skifska gas field are around 8.875 trillion cubic feet (250×109m³), and production is slated to be around 550 million cubic feet/day (15×106m³) in 2015.[1]




ExxonMobil reports strong gas potential offshore Ukraine

Last August, the company and Shell, OMV Petrom, and Ukrainian state company Nadra won joint rights to develop underwater deposits at the site.

Skifske is adjacent to the Romanian deepwater Neptun block, currently under exploration by ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom. Gas reserves from the Domino discovery could be in the 42-84 bcm (1.5-3 tcf) range.




Then I discovered one more thing of interest, but don’t know why it is –

At the helm of the new energy diplomacy effort is Carlos Pascual, a former American ambassador to Ukraine, who leads the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources. The 85-person bureau was created in late 2011 by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the secretary of state at the time, for the purpose of channeling the domestic energy boom into a geopolitical tool to advance American interests around the world.



It would be obvious knowing all this – all players in this scenario are using people’s passions to destabilize Ukraine in order to get access for their own harvesting of these resources. But, with these resources of gas, Ukraine could actually harvest it themselves and serve their own needs, both for domestic consumption and for economic return. They would likely have to reach out for the help of both Russia and EU to do it but without this current uprising of passions, could be in a position to harvest these resources themselves without having them taken out from under them and do so with powerful equal relationships of neighboring powers.

– cricketdiane


Looked at a number of maps –









http://www.eia.gov/countries/analysisbriefs/Caspian_Sea/images/caspian_basins_map.png – http://www.eia.gov/countries/regions-topics.cfm?fips=CSR





Shows refineries also –



Both sides have been at fault in making this mess, trying to get their own way – both East and West. Ukraine with its people serving no purpose to those who are swaying them, will be left to live with one another. The oil and gas will be harvested by those in larger business groups with little reward being returned to Ukraine for it in comparison to its market value, because that is how they work. And, right now – Russia and the West will fight over the Crimean Peninsula because of that oil beneath it, under the nearby Black Sea and under the little hole of a lake / sea blocked in by Crimea.

Одним из вопросов на референдуме в Крыму 16 марта будет вхождение АРК в состав России http://russian.rt.com/article/23749  pic.twitter.com/iU0FRHooTD

Одним из вопросов на референдуме в Крыму 16 марта будет вхождение АРК в состав России http://russian.rt.com/article/23749 pic.twitter.com/iU0FRHooTD