For the last two months in Bucharest, Romania, are taking place massive protests against the government and the Canadian Gold Corporation Gabriel Resources LTD.
Basically Gabriel Resources LTD wants to expand and modernize old Roman gold mines, from Rosia Montana, to extract over 300 tons of yellow metal and 1,500 tons of silver. The quarries would destroy four mountain peaks and three villages out 16 in the municipality. But the biggest scare for rights activists and environmentalists is the planned use of around 12,000 tons of toxic cyanide needed for the mining process each year.
Cyanide is widely used by the mining industry to assist in the extraction of gold from ore, but there are two main risks associated with the process: the possibility of cyanide leaching into soil... [ Read more...