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Romania's Powder Keg: Mine Project Launches Protest Movement


Environment  (tags: environment, destruction, ecosystems, mining, habitat, habitatdestruction, protection, humans, politics, pollution, world, energy, world, pollution )

Cal
- 372 days ago - spiegel.de
The Rosia Montana mine in Romania is currently one of Europe's most controversial projects. Plans by Bucharest to push through approval for the large-scale mining that would eliminate an entire town have sparked mass protests.



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Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday September 23, 2013, 4:13 pm
Noted , hope the people will win this one !!!!!
 

Christeen Anderson (502)
Monday September 23, 2013, 4:27 pm
I wish these folks the best of luck.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday September 23, 2013, 5:03 pm
Thanks.
 

Alan Lambert (93)
Monday September 23, 2013, 6:02 pm
I too hope they win their fight, but I'm not optimistic. Big mining interests are not generally known to play fair...
 

SheilaNOMAILPLZ S. (64)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 12:05 am
Pretty scarey stuff!
 

Nimue P. (248)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 1:36 am
noted
 

Pat A. (116)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 1:51 am
"The scale of the protests reflects the size of the environmental risks involved. Using outdated techniques, 13,000 tons of cyanide are to be pumped into the mine each year. This is over 130 times the amount used in the Romanian Baie Mare gold mine at the time of the catastrophic cyanide spill in 2000, Europe's worst environmental catastrophe since Chernobyl. Nevertheless, the extent of the opposition has surprised everyone, from the protest's organizers to government officials and, crucially, Gabriel Resources' shareholders, who have been selling off in droves, causing the company's stock price to crash.

"But the significance of the case extends far beyond Rosia Montana. Ramona Duminicioiu, a constant figure in the Save Rosia Montana movement for over a decade, sees it as part of a process that links movements as diverse as the Occupy protests in America to this year's uprisings across Europe, from Bulgaria to Turkey, Greece and other countries. "This is a case of our elected government putting corporate interests over public priorities and then blocking any democratic process of opposition through legal measures," she says. "It resonates far beyond Romania as this is a crisis of global capitalism and impotent governments." "

I agree - we now have people over us who think they can treat us like serfs - and we have to re-educate them and change their minds - they cannot destroy the planet for money - you can't eat money!

 

Pat A. (116)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 1:58 am
Look at this
"Then, as Gabriel Resources' shares plummeted, the company threatened to sue. They claim that if members of parliament vote against the project they will "commence litigation for multiple breaches of international investment treaties for up to $4 billion." Ponta's emergency procedure was soon abandoned and a new committee was created that seems to allow the law to bypass both the Senate and Chamber of Deputies and be put directly to vote in parliament. However, with the new committee apparently unburdened by regular transparency regulations and the government unavailable to comment, the situation as it stands is unclear."

Do you know that under the TPP - which is scheduled to be included in all trade agreements after it - that any company can sue any government for projected loss of profits - even if they were planning to effectively poison the local populace! We must oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership!
 

Frances Darcy (220)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 1:59 am
noted
 

Suzan F. (143)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 2:25 am
Just keep on mining & digging huge holes in the Earth. But don't be surprised if the Earth complains & causes a cave-in or sinkhole. You can't keep scooping huge chunks of earth out without replacing it, or ssomething will fall in, sooner or later.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 3:16 am
Noted, thanks.
 

John S. (304)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 3:57 am
Let's hope the issue is resolved soon.
 

Fi T. (16)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 4:05 am
Protect our home
 

Gloria picchetti (291)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 5:03 am
It's serious cause for concern because there are protesters in favor of the mines also. I hope our care2 members who are Romanian are doing well.
 

. (0)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 5:32 am
Hope they win this one. Thanks for sharing, Cal.
 

Liz Gillard (100)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 6:52 am
Noted and pray the people will be able to stop this mine from going ahead,i wish so many of the Romanian people took to the streets to protest about the mass killing of the poor unloved street dogs in their country then the threat of killing them will not take place!!!!!!! Thanks Cal.Liz Xx
 

Winn Adams (192)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 7:46 am
Noted - I hope they can stop the mine.
 

Monika Ka (12)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:42 am
Thanks.
 

Elisa F. (236)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 11:45 am
S&N. Thanks, Cher.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (182)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 12:41 pm
obawiam się, że tam protest nie pomoże
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 1:55 pm
noted
 

S J. (116)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 5:05 pm
Noted with the hope that, people who want to save the planet for our kids and defend their rights WIN. Thanks Cal
 
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