|The situation around the construction of a kaolin quarry may acquire a radical character. July 3 residents of the city Volnyansk district gathered for a rally near the building of the Volnyansk district administration. About 800 people were required to prevent the construction of a kaolin quarry.|
For the third year volancy defend their constitutional right to control land, mineral resources, namely trying to prevent ecological catastrophe in connection with the planned opening of the development of the kaolin deposits in the area, Belyaevsky and processing plant.
So far, the construction has not started, but all this goes. Officials who in the opinion of the people bought by the interested investor, to gradually give all necessary permits for commencement of works, regardless of related violations.
The opinion of the community, the results of a study of the area in excess of background radiation and many other risks in the discovery of career, those in power are not taken into account. Yet people gather for peaceful rallies-protests in the hope that they will listen. If you start the first construction work volancy ready for radical measures. Including to block roads national destination.
“Nobody can hear us, when there is construction, it will be too late. It will be an Ecological disaster.” – the local people say “They want to take about 700 hectares of fertile land. If there will be a quarry, then everyone would die. Imagine a hole the size of a ten-storey house. It’s a huge production, harmful production, which will increase background radiation.
In addition the quarry need to feed. This is about as much water as it consumes our city. Quarry refers to the harmful production. Waste will be placed in the reservoirs and into the reservoir which is associated with Zaporizhia. In the production stands out the dust. This dust is especially dangerous, it causes lung disease. Spreads in radius of 10 km, that is, the inhabitants of the Shevchenko district of Zaporozhye, too.”
Among the protesters were local residents, activists of the NGO “Volterra”.
“They don’t need the clay, they are interested in rare earth metals. All these zeal, not because of the kaolin, because of such pits is enough. When I conducted research, was discovered rare earth metals and uranium. If further development continues, everyone will suffer. It will be an Ecological disaster.
But nobody stops. We are working with the public, using clever methods. They “bought” the Pavlovsk village head Anatoly Klimenko. It is condemned for a bribe the official who decided before the onset of the sentence to run into the army. Other people buy gifts: laptops, tables, cakes. Those who were against – suffer, they are threatened. People were forced to sell the land, considering its low cost. On-site trees and inhabited by rare birds, where MPs voted to make the reserve. They do not have there even the right grass to mow. All it will destroy. As the Ministry of ecology and natural resources gave permission it’s not clear,” – said local resident and activist of public organization “Volterra” Roman Kononenko.
Supported people at the rally and people’s Deputy Vadim Krivoruchko. The Deputy noted that he previously prevented tyranny in this situation, and now will not leave people alone with the problem.
“I have no doubt that all their documents are illegal. This is bogus, acquired in exchange for bribes. We once discussed this issue with the Minister for the environment, but the current anarchy, which have led to this kind of trouble. We should wait for the new government and then the situation will change. Part of the land under this quarry is especially valuable land, the purpose of which it was possible to change only at the level of the Verkhovna Rada. They forged documents, faked expertise. They broke the law. I will tell Ministers that the problem again, and we will ensure that inspections took honest people”, – said the MP.
Also, Krivoruchko explained that only joint efforts and together we can resolve the situation and protect the rights of residents.
Development history of kaolin career starts with the 70s of the last century. The Soviet government of that time has decided to suspend the development of the career in connection with danger and difficulties. About two years ago there was an investor who wishes to open a pit mining of kaolin. Local residents opposed. At the moment construction is ongoing, as the Ministry of ecology and natural resources gave permission.
Volancy concerned about the current state of Affairs. Many say that to Volnyansk it would be a disaster and that they have no money for that would be to move to another location in case of opening a dangerous career.
The ability to change the situation according to local residents, this is to appeal to the President of Ukraine. At the end of the meeting issued an appeal to the President.