Vernashen Village Drinking and Irrigation Water Springs and 'Vernashen' Wine Brand Endangered

Vernashen Village Drinking and Irrigation Water Springs and 'Vernashen' Wine Brand Endangered

EcoLur

If Gladzor polymetallic mine is developed, Vernashen residents will be deprived of their annual income of US $ 360 million AMD, as estimated by Vernashen resident Gegham Margaryan.

The fact is that Vernashen resident irrigation their apple, grape and apricot orchards with the water coming from the mine, as there are no other springs. The drinking water also comes from the mine area. The villagers are sure that the mining process will poison their area and the village with around 1700 villagers will be left without water. 'We have 12 ha of grapeyards, which gives high-quality raw material for 'Vernashen' wine and its own historic brand. I have estimated the apple and apricot harvest, we also have pastures there, as well as I have taken into consideration the productivity of animals. The community residents will be deprived of about 300-360 million AMD income,' Gegham Margaryan said in his interview with EcoLur.

Besides air and water pollution, the residents are also concerned with radiation. According to them, Gladzor mine was developed in the 1950-1960's, but later it was closed. According to the rumors, the cause was high radiation background.

The residents mentioned that they will come out and protect their rights. They called all neighboring communities – Karmrashen, HerHer, Malishka and Gladzor to join their fight and not allow the development of the mine.



12:01 July 07, 2016


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