Ozbek Village Stone Quarry Construction, Turkey

Description

The local villagers, inhabitants of the surrounding settlements as well as the provincial and district representatives of the various political parties oppose the stone quarry that is intended to be constructed at about 600-700m to Ozbek Village centre and about 500m to the village water reservoir. Their opposition is based on the fact that the quarry will cause severe damage to the water basin of the village, the resulting dust will adversely affect the agricultural products, the planned location of the quarry is an ancient settlement zone of 1st degree cultural conservation status and that it will also influence tourism negatively due to noise pollution.

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Basic Data
NameOzbek Village Stone Quarry Construction, Turkey
CountryTurkey
SiteUrla, Ozbek Village, Izmir
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Building materials extraction (quarries, sand, gravel)
Specific CommoditiesLand
Construction Materials Such As Stone, Stone Chips Etc.
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsAn annual production of 220 thousand tons of stone ships is targeted.

The rent has been arranged between 2008-2018, however this timeframe can easily be extended legally.

Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Potential Affected Population25000
Start Date02/2011
Company Names or State EnterprisesMavi Filo Automotive Tourism Mining Industry and Commerce Limited Company from Turkey
Relevant government actorsMinistry of Energy and Natural Resources - General Directorate of Mining Affairs, Izmir Special Provincial Administration , Urla Municipality , Environmental Commission of Izmir Provincial Assembly
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersOzbek Environmental Protection Platform, Republican Peoples Party and Justice and Development Party District Heads, Ozbek Research Development and Entrepreneurs Association, Ozbek Hunters and Shooters Association, Ozbek Fisheries Cooperative, Ozbek Agricultural Development Cooperative, Urla City Council (Urla Municipality), Urla Association of Kemalist Thought, Turkey Retired Sergeants Association Urla (TEMAD in Turkish acronym).
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Recreational users
Villagers
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
OtherAdverse effects such as psychological disturbance tied to noise pollution and exploded dynamites
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of landscape/sense of place
OtherLoss of income, loss of cultural heritage
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseVillage headmen unit (in Turkish muhtarlik) has initiated three separate court cases against the company, Special Provincial Administration and to the Mining Affairs. The court decisions are pending.
Development of AlternativesIt is stated that the stone quarry should absolutely not constructed in the area.
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.So far only parcelling was carried out and the project construction has not started yet. As stated above, village headmen unit filed three legal cases which have been accepted by the administrative court thus the project is in the court process. In January 2013, the villagers won the three court cases due to Olive Law.
Sources and Materials
Legislations

Mining Law numbered 3213 published in Official Gazette numbered 18785 on 15.06.1985 (date of ratification date 04.06.1985).

The operation license obtained from the General Directorate of Mining Affairs and approvals of nine other public institutions are considered sufficient to conduct mining activities in the area (parties opposing the mine assert that the Mining Law needs to be altered).

Links

News about the court case (in Turkish):
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Protests (in Turkish):
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Update: The villagers won the three cases (in Turkish, 17.01.2013):
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ContributorIrmak Ertor and Pinar Ertor-Akyazi
Last update08/04/2014
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