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Conflict between police and local residents over high voltage power lines through Usatove [Ukraine]

Author: Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, Published on: 21 November 2009

The construction of a new 330 kV Overhead transmission line…interconnection between Usatove and Ajalyk substations…financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development [EBRD] has led to run-ins between police units and residents of the village of Usatove who are against the transmission line running through their village. Ukrenergo…which has received an EBRD loan of 25 million EURO for the project, is implementing it with violations…According to the Environmental Impact Assessment approved in 2005, the transmission line should pass by Usatove…Ukrenergo has begun building the line in direct proximity to people’s houses…The conflict of interest between the...company and ordinary people who want to live in normal conditions without a threat to their health has been continuing for several months...[R]esidents of Usatove were pushed from the construction site by more than 300 police officers…5 women, one underage, were injured. With backup from the police, Ukrenergo is continuing construction…

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Related companies: Ukrenergo