Turkish locals continue protest of Black Sea hydro plant

October 11, 2010

Locals protesting the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in the Loç Valley of the Black Sea province of Kastamonu have been guarding the area 24 hours a day for the past three months.

“We guard the area all time in order to prevent them from constructing a plant,” said Zafer Keçin, head of the Loç Valley Platform, adding that the villages of Hamitli, Çamdibi, Karakadı and Şenköy would suffer from the hydroelectric power plant in the valley.

Workers often complain about the locals, leading the gendarmerie to take some of the villagers for questioning, Keçin said.

Local activists resisting the project say the Küre Mountains is a homeland for innumerable endangered species.

People in the area have collected 233 signatures to apply to the court, noting that if the plans to construct the plant go forward, all the trees in a 220,000-square-meter area will be cut down, many wild species will disappear and the ground will be covered with concrete.

Locals have also said the nearby river will dry up causing natural resources to disappear. Moreover, fishing will not be possible after the dam is completed, according to locals, who say this would have an injurious effect on their lives.

More than 700 hydro plants are currently being planned for rivers around Turkey

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