Teghout copper and molybdenum mine development will result in destroying around 2070 ha forest, as Hrachya Avagyan, Chief Specialist at the Institute of Economics of NAS RA, Dr in Geological Sciences writes in his book by entitled “Ways and Prospects of Mining and Metallurgical Industries in the Republic of Armenia” (p. 107, Yerevan 2011, “Gitutyun” Publishing House, Institute of Economics of NAS RA).
“…the company has been allotted a land area of 1970 ha, out of which 1589.6 ha are land areas of forest resources…the land area allotted to the company will be entirely used for Teghout mine development and supplementary structures needed for development (otherwise why it was allotted?), not only 1589.6 ha “forest resources” will be cut down and destroyed, but far more,” Hrachya Avagyan writes and explains, “if the open mine territory occupies 240 ha on forest-covered slopes, forests exposed to destruction may occupy not 240 ha territory, but three times as much as this territory.” The problem is that the forests up the slopes of the open mine are also subject to destruction: waters supplying the trees in this territory will lose the resistance of the ore below, and will freely and quickly flow into the empty territory of the open mine, and, as a result, the trees located upwards the open mine (they occupy twice as much territory as the open mine) will get dry and destroy. Thus, the area of forests subject to destruction will make up not 1589.6 ha, but around 2070 ha.” Reminder: Teghout copper and molybdenum mine is developed by “Teghout” CJSC, “Vallex” Group Company.
12:22 September 03, 2013