The community of Boryslav is preparing an appeal to the government requiring to have an offsite meeting of the Cabinet held in the city. This is because of the economic and environmental situation that has developed in Boryslav. Previously, the representatives of the public together with a deputy of the Lviv regional council Paraskoviya Dvorianyn and the chairman of the Samopomich faction in the Verkhovna Rada Oleh Bereziuk met with the leadership of “Ukrnafta”. The residents set specific requirements to the oil giant – to keep the production and help the city develop.
Oil production is the main source of income of the city’s budget. “Ukrnafta”, which is actually extracting oil there, intends to reregister its legal entity in another city. That is, the extraction will continue, while Boryslav will not get any taxes.
“We must keep the production in Boryslav. Boryslav has “black gold” underneath, but does it benefit from it anyhow? It must have jobs, and there is no sense in transferring production or management to other cities,” says Oleh Bereziuk, leader of the Samopomich faction in the parliament. “Now Boryslav has two key tasks: to keep the production and save the city. Everything is in the hands of the city community, the government and “Ukrnafta”, which still remains a state-owned company with private management.”
Experts say that every day around 30,000 to 100,000 cubic meters of gas are blown into the atmosphere. Boryslav has only received 28,000 hryvnias from “Ukrnafta” for such environmental damage over the last six months. Therefore, the MP insists that the city government and the society should conduct a qualitative independent audit of the company’s activities.
It is necessary to establish whether the personal income tax, the land and environmental taxes are paid in full.
“People have to find this all out and lay corresponding claims to “Ukrnafta” and the state. Moreover, the community suggests that the government should conduct an offsite meeting in Boryslav in connection with the economic, environmental and social challenges that exist in the city.
Why is it important? Because Boryslav is of a great geopolitical and security significance for Ukraine. Due to its large oil and gas reserves, in the time of war with our northern neighbour, Boryslav is of vital importance not only for the West of Ukraine, but also for whole Ukraine in general,” says Oleh Bereziuk.