Turkish olive producers against bill allowing build energy facilities in groves

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Direct instruction from Prime Ministry

Sources from the olive oil sector attributed the government’s rush to pass the bill to the fact that coal extracted from the Yatağan plant is beginning to decrease.

They claim that the Prime Ministry has directly instructed both Energy and Agriculture Ministries to speed up the legal process so they may extract coal from the nearby olive groves in order to “avoid a gap in energy production.”

Due to the pressure, the Agriculture Ministry has stepped back and will not intervene to halt the law, sources said.

While most of the producers were expecting the law to be voted on following Parliament’s recess, the government has accelerated its effort push the bill through by the end of the parliamentary year.
The bill had been suspended four times during discussions at parliamentary commissions.

A separate bill that enabled mining exploration in olive fields was canceled by the Council of State last year.

The government is under fire for continuous legal and bureaucratic efforts to by-pass environmental hurdles in its pursuit of energy investments.

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