In nowadays Romania cyanide is not use in any of the running mining projects. Despite this, Romania is known as the country where two of the most devastating ecological accidents involving spills from cyanide lakes have occurred in the history of mining: Certej (1971) and Baia Mare (2000). The Certej spill, also known as the most terrible tragedy in peace times, killed 89 and wounded 76 people.
The Roșia Montană project in figures
According to the feasibility study conducted by Washington Group International in 2005-2006 and assumed by Roșia Montană Gold Corporation, the project will offer 634 jobs during exploitation; this number contains direct jobs, in the mine and factory; but also indirect jobs in administration, accounting, IT, supply, human resources, public relations, juridical, patrimony, etc. Even in the best case scenario, only a small fraction from those 1600 currently unemployed in Roșia Montană will get a job.
“Many times, for that country, the only benefit that the mine brings is the few jobs offered to the local community, but the ecological damages resulted from the exploitation can lead to the loss of jobs in other areas (for example, in fishing if the size of the capture is diminished due to polluted waters) and sometimes they can lead to future huge budgetary costs to keep that area ecologically clean”. Joseph E.
6. January 2015
18th General Assembly of ICOMOS
Florence, Italy, 9 to 14 November 2014
Resolutions of the General Assembly
Resolution 18GA 2014/19
Rescue of the Roşia Montană mining landscape and promotion of sustainable development model
[submitted by ICOMOS Romania, supported by ICOMOS Hungary, ICOMOS Germany and CIAV]
14. October 2014
Dear Minister Korodi Attila
Alburnus Maior and the Mining Watch Romania network express their deep concern regarding your statement that: "We have agreed, in principle, that Romania and Canada will identify ways to exchange information on the procedures for environmental impact assessment, in the case of large mining projects".
19. June 2014
PRESS RELEASE - issued by the joint mission of Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank Institute, arrived in Romania for a mission dedicated to Roşia Montană, listed as one of ‘The 7 Most Endangered’ heritage sites in Europe in 2013, upon nomination made by Pro-Patrimonio Foundation.
"Roşia Montană should become a model of sustainable development in Europe"
Rosia Montana, 4. June 2014 - The bill on measures related gold-silver ore exploitation at Rosia Montana and to stimulate and facilitate the development of mining activities in Romania, also known as the “special law” was rejected today by Romania’s Lower House with 301 votes “for”, 1 vote “against” and 3 “abstentions.“ This marks the final rejection of a bill initiated by the Ponta Government which sent it for debate to Parliament last September 2013.
15. April 2014 - One of the crucial permits necessary for further continuation of the approval procedure for the cyanide mining project in Rosia Montana has been anulled by court today. The Sibiu Regional Environmental Protection Agency's decision (REPA ) had issued an environmental permit for the "Modified Zoning Plan for the Industrial Development Area of RMGC" that is, as of today, not valid anymore.