Sevan and Jermuk as Amulsar Gold Project Price

Sevan and Jermuk as Amulsar Gold Project Price


Amulsar gold mining will result in the pollution of Lake Sevan with chemical compounds, while the mineral water springs in Jermuk will disappear because of mine explosions. Such an alarm signal was beaten by Nazeli Vardanyan, lawyer and director of “Forests of Armenia” NGO and Levon Galstyan, a member of Pan-Armenian Environmental Front, at the press conference held at EcoLur Press Club. Reminder: Amulsar gold mine located at the borderline of Vayots Dzor and Syunik Regions is going to be developed by Lydian International Company. “Today we are losing Jermuk,” raised Nazeli Vardanyan the matter, “In the past when we said that mine explosions and shakes would affect the springs of mineral waters in Jermuk, we were told that shakes would be very light so that you could stand in a distance of 5 meters and feel nothing. Now the document they submitted in 2016 shows that the shakes will be so string that there will be essential impact of dust, stink and noise. Even on 5 May 2016 the company employees paid a visit to the houses of Gndevaz villagers’ houses and looked at the cracks in the houses. It means these shakes will result in more cracks. If the building is going to have a crack, the spring will definitely disappear.” “Amulsar is located in such a region where two main river basins are formed. On one hand, it’s Vorotan River basin, which flows towards Syunik and secondly, it’s Arpa River with its Darb Tributary. In case of open pit mining, the chemical composition of these rivers will be changed and heavy metals will be transferred to water basin through winds and other means. The chemical composition of Spandaryan reservoir will also be changed. Probably the same jeopardizes to Kechout reservoir, as well as water flowing into Lake Sevan. Let’s not forget that a heap leach facility will be located in a distance of 500 m from Gndevaz, which is only 1 km far away from Arpa River. Amulsar mine is located in a region, which has 8-9 magnitude scale,” Levo Galstyan said. He referred to Vorotan-Arpa Tunnel, which should have been operated still in 2004 and should have annually transferred 165 million cum water from Spandaryan reservoir to Kechout reservoir, then to Sevan, “12 years have passed and not even an iota has been transferred. I can assume when in 2006 the implementation of Amulsar project was planned, they realized that they would experience serious problems and decided not to use the constructed tunnel. Amulsar is acidic ore mine, and these acidic waters are very reactive and aggressive and naturally they will affect this tunnel located only in a distance of 1 km. First of all, tunnel infrastructures will be damaged and destroyed, and, secondly, the water, which flows into Lake Sevan, will have completely other chemical composition than it has now.”

11:40 August 29, 2016


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