The editors of Seznam Zpráv selected the most interesting opinions for the Readers’ Forum from the discussion on the article about the opposition of the mayors of the municipalities in the vicinity of the intended mining and processing of lithium in the Ore Mountains.
Jitka Zemanová: We are special, we don’t want a nuclear power plant, a wind power plant, lithium mining, a gigafactory, a highway, an airport in the neighborhood, we don’t want a lot of tourists either, our street should not be driven as much as possible, but at least fifty or more on the others. Good for us, we’ll do it accordingly.
George Kuba: Again, the Ore Mountains, how much wealth they have already released. Well, go and see it, the journey alone is an experience, on old roads without continuous asphalt. In 40 years, the Czech Republic has not completed even one of the D6 or D7 highways. Finish the infrastructure first and then let’s talk about more mining.
Pavel Szirotný: Lithium is such a strategic raw material and mining the deposit offers such financial resources that it is simply mined. No government will write off such income and no municipality will do anything about it. That’s just a fact. Municipalities and regions can only effectively “push” for mining, transport and processing to be as gentle as possible to nature and the surroundings. I know the location well because I was born in Košťany and now I live in Teplice. Mining and processing will not affect Teplice in any way, so it is not an issue among the inhabitants of the town. The person with the banner really did not represent “all the people of Teplice”, but only himself. I do not know the exact route of the “cable car” that should transport the excavated material to Újezdeček, but from the position of the exit of the mine below Cínovec and the route to Újezdeček, it is clear that it cannot affect Košťany too much. Maybe in some places it will go through their cadastral territory, but definitely only through the marginal, uninhabited, which is practically unusable, because it is the so-called undermined territory, the edge of former shafts. A problem may arise in Újezdeček, where there are allegedly 70 building plots in the immediate vicinity of the future processing plant, possibly even partially built-up, I don’t know. These parcels would probably lose some of their value. Here, some financial compensation, or the purchase of these parcels, would certainly be appropriate. Given the huge profit potential from mining, the state could be generous in keeping it.
Václav Chaloupka: If local residents decided everything, we would never have mining of coal, stone and other raw materials, steel production, chemical plants, highways, etc., and we would be somewhere on the level of Albania. Since then, the government is there to make decisions on strategic projects important to the entire country. On the other hand, it is obliged to ensure that the locals receive fair compensation. The interest of a few thousand people cannot outweigh the national interest.
Karel Stržanovský: So nobody wants lithium. No one wants a freeway. No one wants railways. No one wants to bypass Prague. Nobody wants new power plants. You know what? It would probably be best to declare the Czech Republic an open-air museum and collect entrance fees at the border.
Marie Volf: I live there. And I am not at all looking forward to what lies ahead. 1,300 agency workers will come to a place with around 200 inhabitants. The forest is being cut down for the transporter. Detonation. Dustiness. Noise. Lack of water. Endangerment of the protected grouse. Traffic on the only road connecting Cínovec with Dubí and Teplice, already quite a difficult route in winter. The Ore Mountains have barely warmed up before we boil them again. I don’t like it, but I understand that there is no avoiding it. However, comments like “a few thousand people are to be sacrificed for the good of all” offend me.
The editors of Seznam Zpráv select the most interesting contributions from the readers’ discussion (some may be editorially shortened). We are interested in your opinions on current topics, and we value debaters who debate politely, to the point, and adhere to the SZ discussion code.
Jakub the Singer: This part of our country has really been taken up so much in the last 70 years that I’m not surprised at those people at all. Open-pit coal mines, coal-fired power plants, chemical plants, destroyed forests and soil by acid rain, dozens of villages disappeared, eternal inversion, unhealthy dusty and chemical environment – disabled children were born there.
Jiří Novotný: Our country has a huge head start advantage and it needs to be used. The huge lithium deposit in the Ore Mountains, then we should try as much as possible to get strategic investments for our republic, such as gigafactories and chip factories. Whether one likes electric cars or not, the demand for batteries will be huge worldwide. Therefore, I am glad that the government of the Czech Republic is trying to make these investments.