1. Main
  2. Learn
  3. Incidents
  4. Emergencies

Question of Berezovka villagers relocation budges18 мая 2015, 18:07

Berezovka villagers demand relocation. Photo courtesy of uralskweek.kz Berezovka villagers demand relocation. Photo courtesy of uralskweek.kz

KPO b.v., operator of Karachaganak gas and condensate field, has developed a project to extend the radius of sanitary-protection zone and referred it to the Committee on Consumer Protection of the Ministry of Health, Tengrinews reports citing Uralsk Week.

The information was shared by the press-secretary of the oblast akim Kairat Abuov at a briefing on May 12.

“The project was developed by the subsoil user in connection with modernization of equipment at one of the sites in the southern part of the field. Two villages fall into the sanitary protection zone - Berezovka and Bestau. We recently conducted a survey among the residents of these villages. They were asked to choose among villages Burlin, Araltal and Aksai for resettlement. Resettlement to Aksai is planned for the third quarter of this year, to Burlin and Araltal – for 2016 and 2017. This is because land allocation and construction of houses will take time,” Abuov said.

Therefore, the resettlement of villagers from Berezovka and Bestau will happen if the Kazakh authorities approve the new project to increase the radius of the sanitary protection zone around Karachaganak.

It is purely coincidental, surely, that such “modernization of equipment” is happening just months after mass poisoning of children in Berezovka village, where residents have been demanding relocation for years.

The mass fainting of children occurred on November 28 in Berezovka village in West Kazakhstan Oblast, where Karachagan oil and gas field is located. The villagers unanimously pointed in the direction of Karachaganak.

It was reported that there were several emissions of hydrogen sulphide from the Karachaganak field right before the mass poisoning of children.

Prosecutor of West Kazakhstan Oblast Serik Karamanov said on December 3, 2014: "We found that on the 17th, 18th, 19th and 25th November there were emissions violating the maximum allowable limits. On November 27 at 14.19 there was the first emission, the second at 18.30. According to environmentalists, hydrogen sulphide accumulates in the body, and then it begins to affect the person. According to the employees of KPO (Karachaganak Petroleum Operating), they had a failure of the compressor that re-injects the gas, and the gas intended to be flared was involuntarily released. People talked about it. All of this has been confirmed.”

More than 30 people were hospitalized at the time. The villagers gathered signatures and submitted an open letter to the President of Kazakhstan, asking for a relocation of the village away from the field, fearing for the lives of their children.

In February 2015 there was another smaller incident, when two girls fainted right in the school building. In April, three middle school children fainted in the school premises.

Hopefully, authorities will move from words to deeds before more children faint during classes.

By Dinara Urazova 


Nobel prizewinner proposes a new city in KZ
New abnormal snowfalls expected in Kazakhstan
Huge glacier retreat triggered in 1940s
Hyperloop construction begins in Las Vegas
"Moonlight" to top Spirit Awards nominations
Oil prices fall due to investors uncertainty
New dwarf galaxy discovered around Milky Way
Kanat Islam becomes a top ten WBO boxer
World oil prices continue to rise
Kazakhstan expects warming - Kazhydromet
Merkel to seek fourth term as chancellor
Sale of Tintin drawings set to break records
US, EU stocks fall as markets focus on dollar
Pacific leaders urged to defend free trade
EU warns eight nations on budget deficit
Universiade-2017: Athletic Village is ready
Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony
Messi will never leave Barca - club president
Google, Facebook take aim at 'fake' news
Aerosmith announces Europe 'farewell' tour
Putin, Trump to normalise US-Russia ties
At least 10 hurt in southern Turkey blast
6.2 quake hits western Japan
OPEC agrees shock oil output cut
Israeli ex-president and Nobel laureate Peres dies
Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
32,000 arrested in Turkey coup probe
Youth to the fore as Milan fashion week opens
Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany
Four-in-10 Japanese are virgins: poll
Sweden re-militarises Baltic island of Gotland
China to launch second space laboratory: Xinhua
More than a billion stars mapped in Milky Way: ESA
Boxing: Golovkin eyes Saunders after stopping Brook
Kazakhstan shifts PM to security chief
Oil prices gain despite rising OPEC supply forecast
US to give Philippines military planes
Singapore wages war on Zika-bearing mosquitoes
Italy quake death toll nears 250
Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate
18 dead as Italy struck by powerful quake
Japan's first lady visits Pearl Harbor
Pokemon's a no-go on Bangkok's roads
July was Earth's hottest month in modern times
Pakistan rock climbers scale new heights