Maşukiye Stone Quarry
Kartepe district Maşukiye town, between Sapanca's Yanıkköy, stream bed, the quarry in the forest area to be opened for the YHT road is closely monitored by the Kocaeli bar. Tamer Solakoğlu, president of the Kocaeli Bar Association, made new statements on this issue at a press conference held with the members of the bar board.
Speaking at a press conference held in the courthouse, Bar Association President Solakoglu, Maşikiye'deki stone quarry in the region if they are determined to carry the issue once again stressed and warned officials. Reminding that they had previously announced their views on 28 November 2012 and 27 December 2012, Solakoğlu said:
We emphasize that High Speed Train Project is a development project and it is important. However, the quarry in Masukiye will cause irreversible destruction and, most importantly, the pollution of Sapanca Lake, the only natural water source of the Eastern Marmara. For this reason, we have informed our counterparts to the relevant institutions.
Solakoğlu stated that they have applied to the related institutions within the scope of the law on acquiring information about whether or not a quarry will be established in the region:
I would like to mention that the ministries, Kocaeli Governorate and Metropolitan Municipality did not give satisfactory answers to our questions and the information we requested in writing. The answers are unfortunately not full of explanatory, vague expressions. Chairman of the Bar Solakoğlu, various institutions sent to the press on this issue distributed to them. The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, Kocaeli Governor's Office sent to the Bar Association, the possibility of opening a quarry in the area of Masukiye is still understood.
Source : http://www.ozgurkocaeli.com.tr