We must thoroughly consider if we turn Romania into a botanical garden
or a resource independent country, the social-democrat argued.
Deputy PM Liviu Dragnea yesterday declared his support for the mining project of Rosia Montana. During hearings with the pertinent committee of the Parliament, he announced that he will vote for the draft law that regulates mining in this area. “I will vote <
“There is no quarrel in PSD. I have a very good relation with Victor Ponta. I approved the draft law and I do not have a double personality, to come in Parliament and vote against it. I assumed that approval, based on present data I will vote in Parliament without any hesitation,” Dragnea added.
“As for the gain of the Romanian state, from the presented documents I understood that the Romanian state gains more than the investor: EUR 3.5 bln the state, EUR 2.5 bln the investor,” he added. The deputy PM voiced his conviction that the environment protection will be assured, but this investment can have an essential contribution to the development of the region, because Romania is unevenly developed. As a matter of fact, Dragnea said that “we must thoroughly consider” if we want to turn Romania into an energy sufficient country, “or we want to transform it into a botanical garden.”
He added that the Ministry of Regional Development approved the draft law on Rosia Montana with one observation approved by the government: “There were observations, one of which referred to the fact that I disagreed the initial proposal that gave local authorities a mandate to issue special licenses, this could have been understood as an obligation to issue licenses. Our observation was accepted and local authorities may issue licenses,” the deputy premier explained. He added that, when the ministry will receive for approval the zone urban plan for the protected built area, the approval will be given only if legal regulations are observed.
The president of the Romanian Academy proposes compromise
In an interview granted to the ‘Adevarul’ newspaper, the president of the Romanian Academy, Ionel Haiduc says that “a compromise would be the wisest way to go.” “This is how the compromise would look: the Romanian state to receive significant benefits, the environment to be affected to the smallest possible extent and everything to be done in conditions of sustainable development,” explained the academician – a chemist by profession. Haiduc added that using cyanide is no longer mining, but chemical industry, and that he project would be acceptable if cyanide were used to a smaller extent, but this would also mean mining less of the deposit.
RMGC: Cyanide treatment – safest method for humans and environment
In a press release we received, Rosia Montana Gold Corporation (RMGC) explains that the extraction of gold using cyanide is the method with the safest method for the environment and human health. The company quotes a report of the European Commission, drawn in 2010 by independent experts, which affirms that “cyanide treatment is the chemical method of choice in the gold mining industry all over the world, with more than 90 pc of the 2,500 tons of gold produced each year being extracted with this technology.” “The procedure of neutralising the cyanide in the Rosia Montana project is Best Available Technology, meaning that it ranks among the best technologies included in the reference documentation with regard to the best practices in industry BREF,” reads the communique. RMGC also informs that, for the type of ore deposit existing at Rosia Montana, there is no technologically valid alternative to extract gold and silver. „Before deciding on the method to be used in the future mine, RMGC analysed 12 technological processes and eight reactives, in order to choose the best variant. RMGC met all the persons that proposed alternate technologies, including the author of the patent that proposes using thiosulfate, and thoroughly studied the proposed technologies. Unfortunately, these proposed technologies are not applicable to the type of deposit at Rosia Montana, or they are technologies conceived only on paper or in a laboratory. They do not have industrial applicability, as they were not tested and confirmed even at pilot scale, nor are they implemented in another gold mining project anywhere in the world,” concludes the release.