GeoProMining Gold LLC issued a statement on August 18 regarding the action carried out by the residents of Geghamasar community, where it considered the environmental accusations made by the residents against the company as groundless.
Reminder: the residents of Geghamasar blocked Vardenis-Artsakh highway complaining about the impact of Sotq gold mining by "GeoProMining Gold" LLC, noting the air and water pollution.
The company's announcement says:
“GeoProMining Gold claims that the environmental allegations made against it by the residents of the community are groundless, the state of the environment around Sotq mine is constantly monitored by specialized institutions, it is under the control of the competent state inspection bodies. Sotq mine is operated in accordance with safety standards and environmental norms.
"GeoProMining Gold" company in the affected communities (Gegharkunik and Ararat Region), within the framework of RA legislation, orders monthly air, water and soil monitorings, which are carried out by the relevant accredited companies. From 2018-2019, it cooperates with licensed medical institutions to conduct free medical examinations for the residents of the affected communities. Based on the results of the check-ups, the medical institutions presented conclusions that the detected diseases were in no way related to the activities of the company's assets.
GeoProMining Gold is the fourth taxpayer, and the annual payments to the local budget of Geghamasar community in the form of taxes amount to about 80 million AMD.”
Sotq resident, participant of the action Sevak Khachatryan, in his conversation with EcoLur, referring to the press release spread by "GeoProMining Gold" LLC, mentioned that the cloud of dust with incomprehensible color and unbearable smell, which covers their place from time to time, cannot be within the norms.
August 25, 2020 at 17:48