Anadolu Group has applied to the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK in Turkish acronym) for the planned coal-fired thermal power plant to be constructed near Yaykl village in Sinops Gerze district and obtained production license on 20.11.2008. Legal struggle was started by the local communities on the grounds that the plant will alter the ecological and socioeconomic structure of the region in irreversible ways. Despite the Council of States motion for stay of execution decisions in filed lawsuits, Anadolu Group continued the ground study in the EIA process. In March 2011 machinery was stopped from entering the site and crew sent by the company for the study was prevented to access the site by the local people. In August 2011, uninterrupted guard duty was started in the region by the local communities. On 22.08.2011, two excavators accompanied by the gendarmerie arrived to the region; however their entry was blocked again by the local people. On September 2011, the companys excavators came once again to the site with the gendarmerie and police and this time local people were intervened by intensive tear bombs. Nevertheless, the local community refused to leave the area; resistance actions of 11 hours made the machinery back off. During the incident 26 people were wounded and legal action was taken. About 150 people were left on the ground; they were charged with uncompliance to the Law of Meetings and Demonstrations. It was said that their resistance impeded duty, and damaged property. In May 2012, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation has stopped the EIA process pertaining to Gerze Energy Plant due to the fact that the intended area for construction partially falls in forest land.