The decision on environmental conditions was issued in January 2020, following extensive transboundary consultations with Czechia and Germany and after the fulfilment of a range of conditions specified in Polish and European law. This was a key element in the concession prolongation process intended to further legally conduct extractive activities until 2044, on an area half the size of the area specified in the concession from 1994
“We are publishing another document confirming that the Turów mine operates in accordance with Polish and European law,” said Wojciech Dąbrowski, president of the management board at PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. “We did everything that was required of us to ensure that the Turów complex operates without interruptions and to provide energy security for millions of Polish households. Let’s stick with the facts – we complied with all of the procedures and we have all of the necessary documents to legally conduct further activities. The Court of Justice’s decision is unfair and does not take into account Poland’s arguments as a party in the proceeding. As PGE Group, which is responsible for the country’s energy security and is the largest employer in the Turoszów region, we cannot immediately halt the mine’s operations. Transition is not about arbitrary decisions or overnight changes.”
The environmental decision contains detailed guidelines on: use of the environment at every stage of the undertaking, monitoring the environmental impact, performing post-implementation analysis and applying minimisation measures. The decision includes a 172-page-long justification addressing all comments and conclusions made by the Czech side during the proceeding.
The continuing operation of the Turów mine, with conditions specified in this manner with regard to the use of environment at each stage of implementation and operation, ensures its compliance with EU and domestic law and guarantees that sustainable development and rational deposit management rules are observed.
An application for an environmental decision was filed by PGE GiEK in 2015. The Polish side honestly and professionally approached the issue of the Turów mine’s impact on the environment, especially in the border regions of Czechia and Germany. To this end, a detailed environmental report was prepared, which was then the subject of transboundary consultations on an unprecedented scale. Czechia and Germany agreed to the construction by the mine of an underground screen for PLN 17 million, which will block any potential outflow of water from the territory of Czechia toward the mine. Czech hydrogeologists and other services responsible for the environment acknowledged and approved the solution proposed by the mine.
All of the tasks specified in the decision are being diligently performed by the mine. It should be noted that one of these tasks is the monitoring of water intakes situated in the Polish-Czech border regions, which requires continuous cooperation between the countries.
The more than five-year-long procedure concerning the environmental impact assessment was completed in line with the highest standards, with complete information to the exposed parties, as is required under Directive 2011/92/EU of December 13, 2011 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment
More information on the Turów energy complex in the context of the coal mining concession prolonged this year can be found at this website in multiple language versions: turow2044.pl
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