Environment

Keep up to date with news and developments about the proposed Roşia Montană mine. The links below lead to interviews with and articles from guest contributors and perspectives on commentary from around the web, including:

Roşia Montană – ‘raising the bar’ on international best practice

Mr. Stephan Theban, an external independent auditor, asks: ‘Is it realistic for a new mining project in a country new to the European Union to go beyond international and EU standards on environmental safety and protection? In the case of the proposed gold mine at Roşia Montană the answer is: yes.’

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Why the Roşia Montană gold mine will benefit the environment

Dr. Joseph Zammit-Lucia writes that protesters demonstrating against the gold mine use incomplete, partial arguments and “quote the facts selectively to serve their narrow ends.”

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Why mining in Rosia Montana will be a pillar of sustainable development in Romania

Raluca Besliu’s recent article is typical of the misinformation and misinterpretations being put forward by activists opposing the Roşia Montană gold mine. The project will benefit, not harm, the region.

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Modern mining can enhance biodiversity

Given the Roşia Montană gold mine’s established environmental safeguards, the project will “maintain and even enhance the region’s biodiversity,” according to a recent article by the President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development.

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RM Gold’s environmental safeguards – ‘Better than best practice’

An interview with Dr. Christian Kunze, Associate Director at AMEC

‘People who are worried about pollution from the mine ought to take half-an-hour to look at the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment. They will find that the plan goes far beyond best international practice.’

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Accountability in activism

Can vehement activism derail a project that a recent poll says is supported by 68% of the Romanian population?

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The gift of natural resources

An interview with Dr. Corina Hebestreit, the director of Euromines, the representative body for the European mining industry.

‘Resource efficiency isn’t just about trade: it’s about making the very best of what we have, whether it’s sourced in Europe or imported.’

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Cyanide, science and society

An interview with Dr. Terry Mudder, a science and engineering consultant and expert on cyanide.

‘To state simply that cyanide cannot be used safely under any circumstances is a falsehood,’ says Dr. Terry Mudder.

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Economy and Environment: no compromise in a new era for Romanian Mining

By Dragos Tanase, General Manager of the Roşia Montană Gold Corporation

Jobs, economic growth, the revival of our moribund mining sector – and the highest environmental and safety standards.

That’s what the Roşia Montană project will bring to Romania.

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The Finnish mining perspective

By Seppo Maula, the former mayor of Kittala, Finland, where one of Europe’s largest gold mines started commercial production in 2009.

“Romania has a tradition of mining going back to the Romans. This is a chance for that industry to have a new start.”

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