Amulsar: conclusions of international renown experts

Three international well known expert groups (from Australia, USA and Canada) (on the order of Harut Bronozian from the US) studied dozens of documents available on Lydian International company’s website and presented their assessments and conclusions on number of environmental risk of the gold project in Amulsar.

Below are the reports:

These reports particularly cover the potential of acid rock drainage emergence and its impact on surface and ground water, evaluation of hydrogeochemical problems, as well as issues of water treatment. Let us mention that these analyses were carried out by scientists from three different organizations with PhD degrees and who have dozens of years of practical experience in this field.

In these documents a number of shortcomings, omissions, cases of usage of internationally unacceptable methods, insufficient amount of researched samples, wrong conclusions and assumptions, not assessed or mitigated risks, absence of liability tools of the company and other serious problems found in Lydian’s documents, risk assessments and management plans were scientifically grounded.

It also turned out that Lydian has to implement around three dozens of recommendations and studies some of which are big, expensive and lengthy. These refer to upgrading the heap leach facility, the barren rock facility, geochemical narrative and ARD management to the level envisaged by the working plan as well as predictable models used for water treatment systems and water balance.

As a result of these studies, all independent experts concluded that “Exploitation of mine in Amulsar cannot start until all ecological issues are properly addressed by independent bodies/advisors. Their findings should be incorporated in a management plan of acid and metal containing drainage which will include liabilities and responsibilities of both the government and the company”.

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