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YABLOKO demands actions from the Krasnoyarsk government on the Boguchanskaya Hydroelectric Power Station


December 21, 2012

On December 20, representatives of non-parliamentary parties spoke to the deputies of the Krasnoyarsk Region Legislative Assembly. Oksana Demchenko, Chair of the Krasnoyarsk regional branch of YABLOKO, urged the lawmakers to oblige the owners of the Boguchanskaya Hydroelectric Power Station to evaluate and compensate for the damage caused to the environment and local people, as well as conduct an environmental assessment of their further development of the Lower Angara River area.

According to Demchenko, the creation of powerful new industries in the area (an aluminum plant, a timber complex and wood-chemical and pulp and paper mills) is impossible without a strategic environmental assessment, otherwise the present practices of development of the territories will inevitably lead to an imbalance between the industrial development and the environment. "The lack of a strategic environmental assessment of the investment projects does not allow to create a model of a rational use of natural resources in the region," she said in her speech. Oksana Demchenko also recalled that six weeks ago, the federal Political Council of the YABLOKO party sent a special message to the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnoyarsk region, noting disturbing examples of negligence of the standards of social and environmental responsibility in the Lower Angara area.

On behalf of the YABLOKO party she also called for a radical change of the situation with the Boguchanskaya Hydroelectrical Power State on the Angara River, We appeal to the government of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the federal state and private owners of the Boguchanskaya Hydroelectric Power Station: complex measures should be immediately applied while it is not too late. The damage to the environment should be minimized and local residents should be compensated for damage. The owners should also abandon their plans of filling the reservoir to the maximum mark of 208 m, otherwise the Angara will practically disappear as a river turning into a chain of artificial water reservoirs. In addition, academic description and rescue of the flooded Paleolithic monuments."

Demchenko also called for the development of a network of protected historical and cultural areas in the Krasnoyarsk region, as well as enforcement of the regional environmental legislation and paying more attention to environmental expert assessments so that to really ensure the constitutional right of citizens to a healthy life in a healthy environment.

See also:

Protection of Environment

Human Rights



December 21, 2012

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