“We Don’t Want A Thermal Power Plant In Ergene” Protest

ergenede-termik-santral-istemiyoruz-eylemi-220615   –   2015-06-22 08:37:58 +0300

Protests by people who do not want the thermal power plant planned to be built in Ergene district of Tekirdağ Province caused the EIA meeting to be postponed. 


A group objecting to the thermal power plant planned to be built in Ergene district gathered in front of the municipal wedding hall where the EIA meeting was going to be held. Crowd holding placards that read ‘we don’t want a thermal power plant’ and ‘a liveable environment, is it too much to ask’ chanted slogans.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) Tekirdağ MP Emre Köprülü, who participated in the protest and stated that people do not want a thermal power plant, said: “We have gathered here against oppression. The important thing here is this: Our municipality did not agree and permit it when the subject matter on the thermal power plant was brought to the Ergene Municipality. There was a decision issued last term. The Environment and Urbanization Ministry took over from the municipality and decided the power plant will be built. Now an EIA meeting will be held and public opinion will be heard. Why are you overruling the municipality elected by people here and giving permission as the ministry? This municipality was elected by people’s votes. It represents people. No, there will neither be a meeting nor a power plant.”


10-year old Melek Çabuker who participated in the protest of people against the thermal power plant with her mother burst into tears. Her mother and other participators of the protest calmed her.


Ergene Mayor Rasim Yüksel from CHP stated that giant food companies in the region decided to leave in case this thermal power plant is built. Yüksek who said that they will sue to stop the thermal power plant being built, said: “We started working on this matter before you. When the subject was brought up to the Organized Industrial Zone (OIZ) agenda, we discussed and said ‘no’. It is clearly stated in OIZ laws that this cannot be done. We expressed our opinion about this. We are against the power plant, we will go to any length and will also sue.” MINUTES WERE RECORDED

Tekirdağ Environment and Urbanization officials and company representatives who came for the EIA briefing reported that the meeting could not be held due to public backlash. Tekirdağ Environment And Urbanization Deputy Director Kaan Sinan Tohumcu said “Modern Karton Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş. had made an application to us for an EIA for the coal-fired steam electric power plant. We wanted to inform people about this. We witnessed the backlash and we are having a meeting to convey it to the ministry. People here don’t want to be informed, these will be recorded in the minutes.” and left the town.


We Love Gölbaşı, We Don’t Want A Thermal Power Plant!

golbasini-seviyoruz-termik-santral-istemiyoruz-250515   –   2015-05-25 11:48:37 +0300

Gölbaşı Environmental and Nature Conservation Association protested against the thermal power plant project planned to be built in the district organizing a march in Gölbaşı, Adıyaman on May 23, Saturday.




It is known that thermal power plants devastate wildlife causing damages to human health and the environment. Recently, developed countries started to abandon industrial policies that prescribe fossil fuel-dependent electricity generation due to the harm caused to human and environmental health. Responsible actions and reactions of local communities protecting their air, water, soil and human health were the determinant of policy changes. These developments led to multi-national and local power generation companies that use fossil fuel technology to shift their investments into developing countries such as Turkey.

One of the new thermal power plants is planned to be built in Gölbaşı District in Turkey. The plans to build thermal power plant in Harmanlı – Kalemkaş area are in the public domain. The thermal power plant to be built in our region poses major threat to human health and the environment. In order for the plant to generate power, approximately 1 million 700 thousand tons of coal will be burned. Burning coal will release high amounts of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3), hydrocarbons, and particulate matter (PM). Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides released into air are primarily responsible for the occurrence of acid rain. This will be the end of grape cultivation and all agricultural activities that are important sources of income in our region. Due to waste disposed by these power plants, natural environment will be destroyed starting with vegetation, all natural habitats will be adversely affected and thus it will be impossible to carry out livestock activities.

It has been reported that the water to be used for the thermal power plant will be drawn from 2 wells that will be drilled around the Göksu brook. The power plant needs 430 tons of water per hour for power generation. 106 tons of the used water will come out as dirty water. This indicates that fresh water sources will be polluted, agricultural irrigation will come to a stopping point and the need for clean water will arise.

Another information in the EIA application file is that an ash storage area will be built and the ash will be stored underground. Radon (Ra222) occurred in ash dump sites (ash landfills) comes in contact with air. Even if the ash is covered with soil, Radon penetrates through soil pores and mixes with the air. The gas mixed with air can decay into Polonium (Po210) and active lead (Pb210) in a period of 3.8 days. Therefore ash piles emit radiation. Perhaps the most critical substance of all released through the chimney is uranium, which is contained in lignite and released during combustion and emitted. And uranium found in ashes creates another problem. These gases, which are highly hazardous in terms of human health, will cause a significant increase in cancer incidence in the region.

Although electrostatic precipitators planned to be used in the thermal power plant to collect dust and ash are 65-70% effective, efficiency of these units is doubtful since electrostatic precipitators are the most frequently failing units in thermal power plants and it is uncertain if production will be stopped during a breakdown. 56 tons of ash will mix into the air per hour in the event that these precipitators fail.

Recently, medical associations including TMA have issued a joint press release in response to coal-fired thermal power plant investments gathering speed for the past couple of years and an alarming increase in air pollution in cities in Turkey. In the press release, it was pointed out that an estimated 28 thousand 924 people lost their lives as a result of outdoor particle matter (PM) and ozone exposure just in 2010 in Turkey.

The company, which bought people’s farms for prices far above their value, destroys cultivated areas and leaves people no choice other than working for minimum wage.

Companies try to fool people using unemployment as an excuse in order to hide the possible environmental disaster. It should not be forgotten that no employment policy should be implemented disregarding thousands of people’s health. Companies that promise temporary jobs and try to fool people this way are hiding the fact that work environment of people whose source of income is agriculture and livestock farming will be destroyed after the thermal power plant starts to operate.

You cannot hide the environmental pollution you will cause by granting municipalities 300 meters of interlocking paving stones, allocating construction equipment for free or building one or two water fountains.


For all these reasons, we, the undersigned;

WİLL NOT SELL our children’s future for a thermal power plant of a 20-year lifetime. We will not allow the nature of our Gölbaşı to be polluted.

For our Clean Air not be destroyed, for our Forests not to be destroyed, for our Cultivated Areas not to be destroyed, for the Animal Species not to be destroyed, and together with the ecosystem for US, THE PEOPLE, NOT TO BE DESTROYED; WE DO NOT WANT A THERMAL POWER PLANT IN GÖLBAŞI!!!!

We want alternative electricity generation projects and clean energy implementations that are harmless to living creatures and the nature to be realized.