Nature Protection Ministry Doesn’t Want to Bear Responsibility for Death at Sotq Gold Mine

Nature Protection Ministry Doesn’t Want to Bear Responsibility for Death at Sotq Gold Mine

EcoLur 

To Nature Protection Minister Aram Harutyunyan

“EcoLur” Informational NGO is not satisfied with Nature Protection Minister’s reply given to the enquiry on the death of V. Saghatelyan occurred in Sotq gold mine on 27 October, which is developed by “GeoProMining Gold” CJSC. The letter numbered 5/12/.1/53616 dated on 13.11.2013 says that the enquiry refers not to Nature Protection Ministry but to other departments.

Reminder: Sotq gold mine development should be carried out in line with the environmental standards, which included reclaiming of galleries and other measures, which aim at minimizing the consequences of open and closed mine development.  It’s laid down in RA Code “On Soil”, which particularly says – Article 5 “ensuring safety of the population, protection of nature and environment”, Article 64 “Conditions and Requirements on the protection of nature and environment in soil management”, Article 70 “environmental works (including reclaiming), Article 72 “Task of Governmental control over use and protection of soil.”

Taking into consideration the fact that an employee died at the mine, it’s not excluded that the safety of the population was not ensured: the used galleries are not filled with wastes, while the plan of environmental measures and reclaiming are not carried out.

In this regard, we would like to ask you to inform when the state inspections were carried out on whether the plan of environmental measures submitted by “GeoPromining Gold” CJSC complied with the real state of the affairs and the rate of ore mining and to what extent reclaiming was carried out in the used galleries. 

10:13 November 26, 2013


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