DENO GOLD MINING DOESN’T JEOPARDIZE LIFE OF SYUNIK MARZ RESIDENTS, COURT SAYS
13.11.2009 12:42 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Syunik marz regular court dropped the suit against
Deno Gold Mining. Judge Anahit Tumanyan said the case papers do not
prove that the enterprise’s activities represent a menace for the
health of people, Ecolur reported.
"This decision is juristically incorrect. A week before dropping the
case the court has suspended the activities of the company over the
harm it caused to the life and health of the residents," said Arthur
Ghazaryan, consultant of the organization "On ecological security
and democracy development".
The problem is that that the Shahumyan community of Kapan is located
above the Shahumyan gold deposit, exploited by Deno Gold Mining. The
deposit was explored with grave violations of the rules. The upper
level of the soil was dug up, forming craters.
The company promised compensation for resettlement for the local
residents but paid it to several of them only.