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Turkey: Thousands protest at gold mine owned by Canadian company

Thousands of Turks including opposition lawmakers staged a peaceful and large protest on the outskirts of a small western town in Canakkale province on Monday against what they say will be pollution from gold mine project owned by Alamos. 

The protesters mainly contested the pollution from the mine, saying Alamos had cut down more trees than it had declared and would use cyanide, contaminating water in the region.

A statement by Dogu Biga said 13,400 trees had been cut down for the mine and that trees would re-planted in the area once work is completed. The company did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

 

Canada-based Alamos Gold has defended its environmental record at a mining project in western Turkey against a wave of protests, saying it had paid for future reforestation at the site and denying cyanide would leak into the surrounding area.

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12 August 2019

Alamos company defends Turkish mine project against 'misinformation'

Author: Tuvan Gumrukcu, Reuters

"After protests, Alamos CEO defends Turkish mine project against 'misinformation", 7th of August 2019

Canada-based Alamos Gold has defended its environmental record at a mining project in western Turkey against a wave of protests, saying it had paid for future reforestation at the site and denying cyanide would leak into the surrounding area.

In an interview in Ankara, Alamos CEO John McCluskey said protests against the project near the town of Kirazli were based on politically-motivated misinformation.

The area at the site now largely stripped of trees would begin to return to its previous state after the six years envisaged for the project, he said.

“We’ve already paid for it ... As part of the forestry permit, we have paid about $5 million (and) a big component of that fee is to pay for reforestation,” McCluskey said, adding that only government authorities were allowed to cut trees, not the company.

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12 August 2019

Turks march against planned gold mine

Author: Birsen Altayli, Reuters

"'Don't come if you like gold': Turks march against planned gold mine", 6th of August 2019

Thousands of Turks including opposition lawmakers staged a peaceful and unusually large protest on the outskirts of a small western town on Monday against what they say will be pollution from a foreign-owned gold mine project.

Public opposition to the site owned by Dogu Biga Mining, the Turkish subsidiary of Canada-based Alamos Gold Inc, mounted after the firm allegedly cut down four times the number of trees than it declared in an environmental impact report.

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