Biomass power plant in northern Turkey sealed weeks after court rules for closure
A biomass power plant in the northern province of Samsun was sealed May 11, weeks after multiple courts ruled for a halt in operations. Locals who have been protesting the plant's operations noted that the gendarmerie failed to seal the facility for days after the court rulings.
Mehmet Rebii Özdemir / DUVAR
A biomass power plant in the northern province of Samsun got sealed off May 11, after continuing operations for weeks even though courts ruled for it to be shut down.
Locals of Samsun's Çarşamba district have been protesting the power plant for weeks as operations continued despite an order for closure.
“Three different Samsun courts ruled for the power plant to be sealed off. But for some reason, that hasn't been possible for days," Çarşamba Environment and Farmers Association Spokesperson Murat Şenel said.Southeastern Turkey power plant risk landslides, villagers' homes to sink in soil
Locals and environmental activists witnessed gendarmerie officials seal the power plant in the early hours of May 11, and were told that the facility was completely evacuated.
"We will never allow our Samsun and Çarşamba to be polluted. Our legal battle on this will continue," Şenel said.Hydroelectric power plant construction threatens the Zilan River in Van