News and Opinions
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:
- Catalin Hosu on a CNN report about Finnish mining, its positive effect on the local communities and how the Roşia Montană Project could have the same positive impact
- Titus Capilnean on the impact of mining on the supply chain, local suppliers and its contribution to economic development
- Joe Zammit-Lucia on a very significant and welcome shift in mindset around how and why we want to conserve our heritage
- Catalin Hosu on an Eastern and Central European mining potential article in the Mining Journal
- Catalin Hosu on a set of examples from EU member states regarding mineral resource policies and industrial developments
- Catalin Hosu on responsible mining examples from all over the world, featuring Finland, Sweden, New Zealand and the US
- Mike Armitage (Chairman of SRK Consulting) on the Rosia Montana data and sees no evidence of any additional minerals or elements that can be recovered commercially from its ore bodies.
- N. Ishwaran and J. Zammit-Lucia, in a series of four articles (I, II, III, IV), on a constructive approach regarding mining and heritage at Rosia Montana
In terms of a professional assessment of archaeological significance, the WMD Report is compromised by substantive and demonstrable factual errors and fallacies of argumentation.
By Dr. Suzanne Lacasse and Kaare Hoeg, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute Technical Experts
In all aspects, the Roşia Montană project has learned lessons from the Baia Mare and Certej disasters and provided improved design. With respect to safety, the design of the Roşia Montană Tailings Management Facility belongs to an entirely different class of dams than the Baia Mare facility.
Roşia Montană could be the standard bearer for a revitalised, modern mining industry in Romania, providing local communities with much needed reasons to stay.
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.’
The Roşia Montană mine will catapult Romania to the top of the gold producing countries in Europe. The Romanian Government has secured a good and fair deal, in terms of both royalty and state ownership.
The 11th November 2013 may well be regarded as a significant day for the future of mining in Romania. Let’s be clear: the Special Commission’s rejection of the Draft Law was not a rejection of the Rosia Montana mining project.
Romania has an economy with an enormous upside. But whether Romania can harness that potential depends in part on whether the country will open itself up to major foreign investment projects that will generate employment and grow the national GDP.
By David Jennings, CEO of York Archaeological Trust
The future of Roşia Montană is dependent upon a concerted programme aimed at the preservation, restoration and provision of safe access to appropriate archaeological sites and the restoration and revitalization of the historic and protected village.
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.”
Sir Martin Sorrell thinks Romania could become one of Europe’s economic powerhouses. The Roşia Montană gold mine can help it get there.