Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Berdybek Saparbayev has visited Berezovka village located just several kilometers away from the major oil and gas field Karachaganak, where emissions of hydrogen sulfide took place shortly before the incident.
951 Berezovka villagers have signed an appeal addressed to the President and Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan asking to be relocated away from the Karachaganak oil and gas field, citing poor ecological situation in the area and the latest series of incidents involving mass poisoning of children.
Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. denies breaching environemtal standards in recent hospitalization of children in Berezovka village, several kilometers away from Karachaganak oil and gas field in Kazakhstan.
Prosecutor of West Kazakhstan Oblast said there were several hydrogen sulphide emissions at the large Karachaganak oil and gas field before the mass poisoning of children from nearby Berezovka village occured.
Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan but the ecological damage from the city's growing vehicle usage exacerbated by the lack of high-quality public transport hangs like a smog over the country's cultural capital.