Save Rosia Montana
ROSIA MONTANA - A True Story of Modern Vampirism in Transylvania
Gold has been mined around Rosia Montana (literally 'The Red Mountain', in the Transylvanian Western Mountains of Romania, since pre-historic times. The area’s riches attracted several foreign powers starting with the Romans.
The seams of precious metals have long been worked out but gold and silver are still dispersed in microscopic quantities throughout the geology of the area.
The project proposal, initiated by Gabriel Resources, a Canadian/Romanian junior mining corporation, , is to realize Europe’s largest open cast gold mine in Rosia Montana. By blasting and pulverising the landscape, the invisible gold and silver could be exposed to hazardous cyanide compounds that would separate them from the rock.
The scenery would be devastated, hills transformed into massive craters in a toxic, sterile desert.
Several villages are located on the site of the proposed open-cast mine. 880 dwellings will be demolished and hundreds of smallholdings that sustain families will be destroyed. More than 2000 people will be uprooted and relocated, the majority against their informally expressed wishes. There has been no formal consultation process. This contravenes the European Convention on Human Rights, by which Romania is bound.
The realization of this project means the end of Rosia Montana. This includes the destruction of UNIQUE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND PATRIMONIAL TREASURES, THE DESTRUCTION OF TWO DENSELY INHABITED VALLEYS, the destruction 1600 ha(4000 acres) of FORESTS AND FARMING LAND, the destruction of 10 CHURCHES and 9 CEMETERIES and the FORCED EXPROPRIATION of the locals refusing to leave. All this is required for a project with an ever more destructive effect: a VAST CYANIDE TAILING POND and four large pits.
Rosia Montana and its surroundings is rich in resources other than gold. It has outstandingly beautiful scenery, history and rich archaeology - both ancient and industrial. It has forests and good terrain for grazing animals. There should be a viable future for the people of the area based on tourism, agriculture, timber products, craft enterprises, appropriate light industry.
THIS IS A POPULATED AREA. THE ILLEGAL PROCESS OF FORCED RESETTLEMENT HAS ALREADY BEGUN.WILL THESE UNIQUE HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL REMAINS BE OBLITERATED AND PEOPLE FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES??