26 July 2015

Nature Watch in Roșia Montană Enroute to... (Arad - 7380 km)

(Arad, 23.07.2015 - 24.07.2015) First time I've been in Roșia Montană was in June 2012 as per my posting "The Two Sides of the Gold Coin in...". Now, three years later, nothing has changed. Roșia Montană is still a dying town, a cluster of crumbling buildings and rutted roads at the end of a valley deep in Transylvania. The oft proffered notion that tourism could revive it is a fiction.

No visitors at the nature watch bench in Roșia Montană, but instead of this more than 635,000 visitors, who viewed the Romanian and another 65,000 visitors, who viewed the English version of Maia Morgenstern's most disturbing video clip "Save Roșia Montană".

It seems so, that a 14 years enduring environmental battle comes to an end, since the Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources admitted on 20.07.2015 in a press release that they have lost hope in ever mining Europe’s largest gold deposit. At the same time Gabriel Resources announced the submission of a request for arbitration at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

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