Rich deposits of amber found in Vistula Spit

Rich deposits of amber, estimated to be worth up to PLN 900 mln, have been located in the Vistula Spit. The Polish Ministry of Environment is currently investigating the matter.

The government had been informed of the potential deposits of amber as early as 2016. Back then, they were estimated to be worth PLN 900 mln.

“As part of the preparations for the Vistula Spit excavation project and obtaining all the permits, we conducted tests to check the presence of amber,” Minister of Marine Economy and Inland Navigation Marek Gróbarczyk explained, adding that the tests confirmed that deposits of amber can be found in the Spit.

The Minister informed that if the tests prove that amber deposits are rich, licenses for its mining will be given out. “This will be connected to an adequate “securing” of that area,” Gróbarczyk said.

The channel through the Spit

The shipping channel planned through the Vistula Spit is meant to be 1.3km long and 5m deep. The first units to cross it are meant to do so in 2022. The whole investment, including the excavation of the Spit will amount to PLN 880 mln. The project has provoked controversy among opposition politicians and the European Commission has intervened in the matter.

According to a recent poll by IBRIS, 44 percent of Poles support the excavation, 36 percent are against it and 10 percent either haven’t heard of it or don’t have an opinion.

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