Ukraine: Clashes between police & local residents in protest over alleged health impacts of Ukrenergo’s high voltage power lines - 5 women injured

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Article
8 December 2009

Ukrenergo response

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Company response
25 November 2009

[Ukrenergo response] Construction of 330 kV Adjalik-Usatove overhead transmission line interconnection

Author: Ukrenergo

[Original company response in Ukrainian; title translation, and following summary of the response's key points, provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] The construction of a new 330 kV overhead transmission line interconnection between Usatove and Ajalyk substations in the Odessa region is being carried out in accordance with Decree of the President of Ukraine # 1863/2005 and Decrees of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine # 436-r and 428. Since local land owners protested against the construction of the transmission line in the villages of Neubayske and Usatove, the State Project Scientific and Research Institute has modified the project so that the route of the existing 330 kV MolDRES-Usatove overhead transmission line is used to construct a new 330 kV Adjalik-Usatove overhead transmission line. The modified project was carefully assessed, including environmental assessment, by appropriate state institutions and approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The land adjacent to the transmission line was granted to Ukrenergo for permanent use. However, the land is being used by individuals for construction of green houses, storage facilities and even apartments in violation of corresponding regulations. New pylons of a greater height have been installed for a new transmission line, which reduces the voltage from the electric field under the transmission line, minimizing the negative impact on the environment.

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Article
23 November 2009

EBRD funding for controversial transmission line through Usatove may be suspended [Ukraine]

Author: Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is calling for a halt to the construction of high voltage power lines in the Odessa region and has expressed strong concern over the unauthorized change in the route for the transmission line. The initial plan was agreed with EBRD and was the condition for the bank’s participation in the financing of the project. A press release...states that EBRD is no less concerned by the conflict and instances of physical confrontation between police officers and residents of…Usatove...EBRD has sent a letter to Ukrenergo…calling for Ukrenergo to immediately halt construction, take measures to smooth tension in the district, and also stop civil and criminal proceedings initiated in relation to the residents involved in the dispute…EBRD has notified Ukrenergo that funding for the given project may be halted until the Bank has carried out an assessment of the environmental and social consequences of Ukrenergo’s decision to change the initial route for the transmission line…

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Article
21 November 2009

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

Author: Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

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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