Kyrgyzstan: MPs Move to Legalize Glacier Mining
A parliamentary subcommittee in Kyrgyzstan has given backing to legislative changes that will allow companies to work on mines at glaciers in exceptional circumstances — a development that has appalled environmental campaigners.
The Jogorku Kenesh agrarian policy, water resources, ecology and regional development committee approved the changes to the Water Code on a third reading on November 2, but the issue will need to go for further discussion in parliament before the legislation can be enacted.
Deputy prime minister Duishenbek Zilaliyev explained that the amendments are being adopted to ensure that operations at the economically crucial Kumtor gold mine are not interrupted.
“The government agrees with MPs that we cannot allow development at the Sary-Tor glacier. But work will continue at the Davydov and Lysyi glaciers. Especially since virtually nothing is left of them,” Zilaliyev said.
To read the full story