Source: Focus Information Agency
Pernik. “Trees are cut down and the environment is polluted in illegal coal mining,” said Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Environments and Water Krasimir Zhivkov, speaking Tuesday before journalists at a check conducted over 2 signals informing of illegal coal mining near district centre Pernik in Western Bulgaria, FOCUS News Agency reported.
The check was jointly performed by the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Environment and Water, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
The signals were submitted by Irena Nikolova, Governor of Pernik District.
Roma people involved in illegal coal mining were established in the previous check. They said they did this to make a living.
Violations were ascertained and statements of offence – issued over illegal activity in 8 places countrywide, 3 of which were in coastal Burgas District, 1 – in Haskovo District, 1 – in Smolyan District, 2 – in Montana District, and 1 – in Gabrovo District.
“We have told our national structures to increase the efficiency of controlling actions. Control is exercised on these illegal activities daily and permanently. This occurs not only here, in Pernik [District], but also in many other places. I think the state has thus proved the institutions are united and work together aided by the local authorities,” Krasimir Zhivkov explained.