“If you really think the environment is less important than the economy try holding your breath while counting your money.” -Dr Guy McPherson
For the benefit of few people that make money out of the gold extracted from Rosia Montana Transilvania Romania the forest is destroyed, the water poisoned and people dislocated. The beautiful nature is going to be destroyed for the benefit of how many ? 1000 people the most that would make a profit. I think we need to leave a healthy planet for the next generations and think for the future not only for the profit on investments with complete disregard for land forest and peoples.
Located in the Apuseni mountains of west central Romania, the Rosia Montana project would have become Europe’s largest open-pit gold mine operation if constructed by Toronto-based Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, a subsidiary of Canada’s Gabriel Resources.
Local opposition to the mine is based in part on the disastrous experience at the Baia Mare gold mine in Romania, where a cyanide spill in 2000 polluted the Tisza and Danube Rivers, contaminating the drinking water supplies of 2.5 million people and killing 1200 tons of fish.
The planned mine would destroy at least 75% of the historic village, four mountains, two communities and archeological treasures dating from the Roman era. In the process, a 600-hectare tailings lake would be created in neighboring Corna Valley, forever submerging the village of Corna in a tomb of cyanide-laced sludge.
Emphasizing environmental degradation, potential cyanide contamination and the desire of UNESCO to make Rosia Montana a world heritage site, local opposition has so far been successful in delaying approval of the necessary permits through public protests and various legal challenges.
In an effort to raise international awareness to the threat, one of Europe’s most prestigious heritage organizations, Europa Nostra, has included Rosia Montana on its list of the seven most endangered heritage sites in Europe.
Rosia Montana contains a multitude of vestiges from its multi-cultural past including six archaeological sites of national and world value, 140 kilometers of underground galleries from the Roman, medieval and modern periods, and 50 buildings listed as historical monuments. Likewise, national and international experts in archeology, botany, historical architecture, ecology, and economics have testified to the world-class value of Rosia Montana as a unique addition to the world’s treasury of heritage sites and the need to preserve its value for future generations.
How long it will take for the next generations to replant the forest and reestablished the nature that is destroyed in present for the benefits of few?
What if we would use that land for tourism or as history site? There would be more money generated in the long run for the benefit of people living there instead for the bank accounts of those living 6000 km away.
- Over 10.000 people march to protest against the Rosia Montana project in Cluj (ireport.cnn.com)
- Romania’s Powder Keg: Mine Project Launches Protest Movement (spiegel.de)
- A commission won’t cut it: more mass protests in Romania (mining.com)
- Salvați Roșia Montană, a Social Media tsunami! (mariamoisa.wordpress.com)
- Street Power Takes On Gold (ipsnews.net)
- Romanians mobilise in protest against gold mine plans (theguardian.com)
- Fate of Rosia Montana gold mine to be decided in November (mining.com)
- Stripping Rosia Montana: Canadian Company Set To Wipe Out Four Mountain Tops And Ancient Villages In Cyanide Mining Agreement With Romania (jonathanturley.org)
- Romania’s struggle for democracy is encapsulated in a village | Claudia Ciobanu (theguardian.com)
- Rosia Montana Mining Project (cardinalenvironment.wordpress.com)