Should the business develop the Arctic territories? Or two sides of the First Mining company idea18.11.2020
Igor Semenov, Executive Director of the First Mining company, spoke about how the company is going to develop the Pavlovskoye Polymetall Deposit on Novaya Zemlya. The barges that will be stranded near the quarry will house: a processing plant, a power plant and a fuel storage facility. The shift camp and laboratory will also be placed on barges. After the Deposit is depleted, only an open pit, a tailings dump, an airstrip, crushing plants, a concentrate warehouse and a mooring wall will remain on the shore. And the barges will go to the new field. All this is proposed to be done under the protecting nature and reducing the developing the field costs auspices. It seems to sound good so far.
Now let’s look at this proposal from the other side: we are not sheeps to come to the meadow, eat grass and go to a new pasture. We’re human, after all. If people did not strive to develop new territories, establish a comfortable and safe life on them, we would still only run through the savanna from cheetahs, at best with a spear. And no one would read my article now :). It is clear why such a field development methods is necessary for business. They do have lower costs. But why would the state, i.e. you and I, need such a scheme for developing deposits in the Arctic? It does not contribute to the Arctic territory development, nor to the technologies development that will help you live comfortably and safely in difficult Arctic conditions. Such a business: to come, take everything of value, leave the excavated land and tailings (usually toxic waste) and go to a new place, should not only be supported by the state, but also be subject to additional taxes in favor of those companies that are ready to develop the region’s infrastructure and contribute to the Arctic territory development.