Khachik Hakobyan: Teghout Problem in Discussion Stage and Cannot Be Left Unresponded

Khachik Hakobyan: Teghout Problem in Discussion Stage and Cannot Be Left Unresponded


The problem of Teghout is in the discussion stage and cannot be left non-responded, as Deputy Nature Protection Minister Khachik Hakobyan said at the press conference held at Armenpress Press Hall on 7 February.

'At this stage, everything will be analyzed, studied and published. I think the main measures will be taken by the Inspection, but if the Ministry also has to take some measures, we will deal with them. The problem is in the discussion stage and cannot remain non-responded.'

Reminder: on 2 February 'Vallex' Group Company developing Teghout mine disseminated a statement saying it refrains from Teghout mining with current volumes and stops mining and will terminate the employment contracts concluded with 1200 employees.

Teghout copper and molybdenum mine was developed for 3 years with 7 million tons of productivity. In the summer of 2017, 'Teghout' CJSC developing mine submitted a new project, which planned to make mine ore volumes from 7 million to 15 million tons. Nevertheless, RA Nature Protection Ministry returned the project for amendments and supplements, afterward the company stopped the mining after several months.

Teghout project caused much damage to the nature of Armenia: especially the forests in Lori Region, the rivers flowing from the mine area are polluted with heavy metals and toxic materials, the soil was polluted and the local rich biodiversity was eliminated. The local population was deprived of the opportunity to deal with agriculture becoming completely dependent on 'Teghout' CJSC. The specialists have assessed the primary damage caused to the environment with Teghout mining in the amount of US $ 1.2 billion.

19:13 February 07, 2018


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