struggling to preserve Tchogha Zanbil



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LONDON, November 7 (IranMania) - Following the oppositions to the
digging of oil wells and the explosions due to the oil explorations in
the vicinity of Tchogha Zanbil, Exploration Assistant of Iran?s
Ministry of Petroleum announced the change of the direction of oil
pipelines after clarifying the vicinity of Tchogha Zanbil.

While the Ministry of Petroleum has agreed with a change in the
direction of oil wells, the vicinity of Tchogha Zanbil Ziggurat has not
being yet clarified, CHN said.

It has been suggested that the Ministry of Petroleum will pay for the
expenses for determining the vicinity of this historical site by the
cooperation of an expert from the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization of Iran.

The authorities in the Ministry of Petroleum have complained of the
delay in determining the vicinity of historical site of Tchogha Zanbil
by the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Kuzestan province.


?After conferring the issue of Tchogha Zanbil with the authorities of
the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) of Khuzestan
province, the ultimate oil pipelines will be clarified,? said Mohammah
Alizadeh Mohammadi, exploration assistant of Ministry of Petroleum of
Iran in an interview with CHN.

?While we have asked the head of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization of Khuzestan province to determine the vicinity of this
historical site on the maps of oil pipelines, nothing has been
clarified yet by this organization. The Ministry of Petroleum of Iran
will pay for all expenses.?

According to Mohammadi, despite the high expenses of oil exploitations,
due to the importance of Cultural Heritage and the irrecoverable loss
of the damages to such historical sites, the Ministry of Petroleum will
doing its best to protect the vicinity of this historical site and has
asked the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Khuzestan
province to clarify the historical sites of Tchogha Zanbil.

Since the Ministry of Petroleum is in charge of paying for any loss
caused by the changing in the direction of oil pipelines, Mohammadi has
asked the ICHTO to study carefully to clarify the vicinity of Tchogha
Zanbil.

Mohammadi has also explained that although weak explosive materials
have been used during exploration activities but since even these weak
explosions may be a threat to the historical site of Tchogha Zanbil,
the Ministry of Petroleum has asked the authorities of the Cultural
Heritage Organization to cooperate with the ministry in this respect.

?Digging oil wells in Iran are carrying out according to the most
modern technologies, and the explosions are as weak as possible,? says
Mohammadi, he also added that oil exploitation is a national project
and that the Ministry of Petroleum of Iran has asked the authorities of
ICHTO to cooperate in this respect.

Previous to this Iran?s Parliament asked the Ministry of Petroleum to
explain about the exploration activities in the vicinity of Tchogha
Zanbil.

The historical site of Tchogha Zanbil is one of the ancient monuments
of Iran registered on UNESCO World Heritage List. It is located
south-west of Iran in Khuzestan province, 30 km south-west of Susa, the
famous capital of Elam at a close distance from Dez River which is one
of the branches of the larger Karun River.

Recently the Ministry of Petroleum of Iran started digging oil wells
with the depth of 15 meters to explore the underground oilfields in the
vicinity of Tchogha Zanbil without any coordination with the Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran.

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