Lithuania could stock up with own amber2014-08-26
“Lithuania will be seeking to supply itself with raw amber on its own. Until recently, we used to import it from the Kaliningrad Oblast, which is rich in amber resources, but as the trade connections with Russia have deteriorated due to the political situation, trade in amber ceased completely. We hope to sort the issue on our own,” the Minister for Environment, Kęstutis Trečiokas, says.
As we have no profoundly explored amber deposits in Lithuania that are suitable for industrial extraction, the first step is exploration.
The country used to extract amber only at the beginning of last century. For the time being, the database of the State Geological Information System includes records on a pre-explored Juodkrantė amber deposit and three promising amber outspread areas in the littoral zone of the Curonian Lagoon. Research carried out in 1992–1994 confirmed possibilities to extract amber in the Curonian Lagoon. The amber resources in the pre-explored Juodkrantė deposit total 112 tons.
As the Underground Law provides, amber is ascribed to valuable minerals that require a permit to be used. Such a permit can be issued only under a tender procedure according to the Regulations governing tender procedures for the exploitation of mineral resources and underground cavities. According to the minister, these regulations are no longer consistent with other effective legislation and will soon be essentially reviewed and revised.
The Lithuanian Geological Survey under the Ministry of Environment will run a tender procedure for the detailed exploration for amber resources. Once detailed exploration is completed and the resources are approved, the successful tenderer will be able to apply for a renewed permit to use those resources.
Public information division