The Environmental Impact Assessment presented by Lydian is incomplete; a new assessment must be carried out for Amulsar Gold Project. Experts from ELARD International Consulting Company said this during a video conference with RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on August 29.
Addressing ELARD experts, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said: "We have a problem with the interpretation of your conclusion. Despite the identified shortcomings and gaps, the overall conclusion is that environmental risks are manageable.
Do those who interpret it correctly understand that, although ELARD has identified a number of violations, shortcomings, and underestimations in the Amulsar Mine Project, its overall conclusion is that in applying the proposed 10 + 6 mitigation measures, the risks of Amulsar mine operation will be manageable?” ELARD experts responded by saying: "The EIA of 2016 and the project are not enough to safely exploit the mine ... a new assessment needs to be made for the project ...EIA needs to be updated, mitigation measures to be properly designed ...Assessments, be social or environmental are undeniably defective and are not reliable."
In fact, the ELARD report confirms the concerns of environmentalists and residents of the impacted communities of the Amulsar Project that the risks in the Amulsar project are not properly assessed. The public opposing the program believes that the Amulsar criminal case should not be dropped or closed.
18:17 September 01, 2019