Events, facts, documents and evidence: In 2005, the Belarusneft oil company funded the construction of a filling station in the village of Kamenyuki, the administrative and tourist center of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. The station is designed to serve 250 vehicles per day. It was built by a construction company based in the oblast center of Brest.
In the 1990’s, Kamenyuki had a small private service station located across the street from the national park’s own gas station. The private station was closed before long, not without the "help" of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha administration at the time.
The new filling station was placed at the entrance to the village on the right side of the road when coming in from Brest. The site was formerly occupied by private gardens. There was a strip of thick wild bush and willows separating the gardens from the road.
The shots below show the site of the future gas station before the entrance to the village on the right in picture 1 and on the left in picture 2.
|(The wildlife on the site of the future gas station, 1: October 10, 2: 2004 and February 27, 2005)|
This is the board with the details of the construction project.
|(The board detailing the construction project, July 17, 2005)|
Before the construction began, the owners of the gardens had their land seized by the state in the spring of 2005 and all the trees and bush along the road were cut down that summer.
|(The cut-down and burnt bush and trees, July 4, 2005)|
Then builders removed the fertile layer of soil and started to dig pits for fuel reservoirs.
|(The earth digging, July 4, 2005)|
|(The earth digging, 1 and 2: July 17, 2005; 3: July 21, 2005)|
Construction of a building for the station personnel began in August.
|(The construction of the building, August 17, 2005)|
The photo below shows the gas station as it looked in October.
|(The filling station, October 16, 2005)|
The station became operational in November 2005.
|(The filling station, November 2, 2005)|
This is how the filling station looks now, four years after it was built.
|(The filling station, November 2, 2009)|