The Romanian Ministry of Environment says YES to banning cyanide based mining

21. April 2016 - The informed opinion of the ministry of environment will underlie the point of view of Cioloş Government for banning cyanide in mining in our country. This point of view was requested by the Parliament from the Government as early as December. The delay in formulating an opinion entailed the blocking of the Parliament's decision-making process.


Roşia Montană Day 2016 - A new beginning

Roşia Montană, 4. February 2016 - On 6 February 2016, when celebrating 1885 years since the first documentary evidence of Roşia Montană, Alburnus Maior and Asociaţia Bucureşti associations invite you to the sixth edition of Roşia Montană Day. The event is organised in eleven cities and aims to lay the foundation of a practical development plan for the town through the open workshops and the structured discussions, which will be the core of this year's event.

Cyanide effects – case study: Marlin Mine, Guatemala

Despite the fact that the experts consider symptoms as cutaneous eruptions and respiratory issues “specific to cyanide exposure”, and numerous cases presenting these symptoms were recorded close to the Marlin Mine, in Guatemala, no study was ever conducted in that specific area. As a result, the representatives of Goldcorp declared that “there is no prove of an existing connection between the use of cyanide and these cases”… Even though:

Cyanide effects- case study: Romania.

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 impact on the cultural patrimony

Roșia Montană is one of the oldest documented mine localities in Romania (1882 years). Its patrimony includes pre-roman and roman mines, unique in the world, and numerous monument buildings dated to different time periods. All these archeological and cultural values would qualify Roșia Montană for UNESCO World Heritage. As a matter of fact the proper documentation has been already submitted and is currently awaiting to be signed by the Ministry of Culture.

Banning cyanide mining:

In 2010 the European Parliament voted, with 488 votes for, 48 against and 57 abstains, a resolution that completely banned the usage of mining technologies based on cyanide in the European Union.  Unfortunately, the European Commission considered that the final decision regarding the implementation of this new resolution in national legislatures should be made by each member states of the European Union.

The impact on the community

In its current state the RMGC mining project can only be carried with a relocation of the local community. This relocation means sacrificing the majority of the private properties, the public buildings and the all the churches serving the community. Roșia Montană, the way we know it today will cease to exist. As proven many times before major relocations are traumatic for the communities involved and should only be considered as options in special cases of public utility, which is not the case at Roșia Montană.

The curse of the resources

“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.


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