Spiritual Twin

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York Potash confirms it is intending to submit their second planning application for a Potash mine  to the NYMNPA the last week of July 2014.  With only 9 weeks away for the re-designed Minehead to be submitted, and with public consultations yet to be finalised there is time to wander ... and wonder,  if any controversy  with building a new mine in a National Park still exists and how to 'measure' that alongside other European mining projects.  Offering some contrastic perspective and of purely fanciful comparison, whilst standing in the shadows, as a  'spiritual twin'  the focus here is on  Gabriel Resources;   Gabriel Resources describes itself as: "a Canadian TSX-listed resource company focused on permitting and developing its world class Rosia Montana gold and silver project. Gabriel is committed to responsible mining and sustainable development in the communities in which it operates ...Gabriel is currently at the permitting stage in the process to develop, construct and operate the Rosia Montana gold and silver project, one of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in Europe. The Rosia Montana region of Romania has been characterized by economic decline and environmental degradation. Today, there is a real plan for a brighter future and a significant contribution to Romanian GDP through the Project. Gabriel is committed to building a new state-of-the-art mining facility to reinvigorate the local and wider economy and to provide an economic basis for sustainable development for the whole area for decades to come. The proposed development has Measured and Indicated Resources of 17.1 million ounces of gold and 81.1 million ounces of silver (513 million tonnes at average grades of 1.04g/t gold and 5g/t silver), including Proven and Probable Reserves of 10.1 million ounces gold and 47.6 million ounces of silver (215 million tonnes at average grades of 1.46g/t gold and 6.88g/t silver) - see Mineral Reserves & Resources. Gabriel's efforts are fully directed towards the successful conclusion of the permitting phase of the Project including the receipt of all environmental and other permitting approvals required for the development to proceed to construction."

Rosia Montana lies in the heartland of Transylvania and the Apuseni Mountains and at the edge of the Apuseni Natural Park.  Gabriel Resources mining project is proving to be one of the most controversial projects in Europe drawing much attention and sympathy from both within and without its neighbouring borders.  http://www.ejolt.org/2014/05/rosia-montana-scene-of-the-iv-forum-against...

Romania ascended to the EU 01/01/2007.  Since the Romanian revolution of 1989 and the toppling of the Ceausescu regime, (bit of nasty business; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsRQP7TifME) along with its crippling child policy  that led to the horrors of  Romanian orphanages, (http://www.ceausescu.org/ceausescu_texts/overplanned_parenthood.htm) amongst other policies and horrors that left the country divided after Buccarest once heralded as Europes most guilded gateway to the East,  the continued social engineering between 'Citizens' and 'Peasants' leaves much to be desired.  And no doubt  continues to feed into the fear of mass immigration into the UK.  However it would seem that the current Romanian Govt have other plans for their human resources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8qxew_W56s  Indeed the legacy of Romania's former social engineering is described as 'a living hell': ( http://www.channel4.com/news/romania-tunnels-bucharest-orphans-photo

Gabriel presents its case as: Rosia Montana is a community of sixteen villages located in a district known as the Golden Quadrilateral, in the South Apuseni Mountains of Transylvania, Romania. The Golden Quadrilateral has been one of Europe's most prolific mining districts for over 2000 years. The Rosia Montana concession area, which affects just four of these villages, was subject to open pit mining by the state mining company, Minvest, until 2006 when state funded mining operations were required to close in the lead up to European Union accession. Following the closure of the mine with the loss of thousands of jobs, unemployment is reported to be 80% in the region.

As a result of historical mining activities, abandoned waste dumps and tailings ponds scar the Rosia Montana area leaving an environmental legacy with high levels of metals including zinc, iron, arsenic, lead and cadmium currently discharged, untreated, into local streams, soils and water. In addition, approximately 140km of historical underground workings, some dating from Roman times, have been identified within the mineralized zones. Abandoned and decaying since the cessation of mining in 2006, Gabriel’s new mining plan proposes to preserve the area's cultural heritage where possible whilst also treating the harmful effluents as part of its normal operating procedures.

Sounds too good to be true but this in 2011 this was backed up by:  "It is in Romania's interest that the mining of the gold begins as rapidly as possible," Romanian President Traian Basescu said last week, as quoted in Der Spiegel. Basescu dug in even further this week, telling the Associated Press on Monday that "any country that has resources must use them," and lamenting that the project "has been buried since 1997" due to political cowardice.  Basescu's words must be music to the ears of Rosia Montana Gold Corp., which is 80 percent owned by Canada-based Gabriel Resources and 20 percent by Romania. The company has been salivating over Rosia Montana's gold for more than a decade, but local opposition has stood in the way ..."  http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/gold-mine-vs...

But then 20/11/13 something got in the way:   "opposed by 119 MPs, while only three supported it and six abstained. Lawmakers concluded that Romania needs to amend the legal framework before approving this project....  Opponents argued that the planned use of cyanide to extract gold posed a threat to the wider environment of Rosia Montana and to nearby archaeological sites. Historians and architects said fresh mining activity could damage ancient mine shafts in the area that date back to Roman times."   source:  http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/romanian-senate-rejects-gold-min...

Now  (27/05/14) it would appear that Gabriel will be using the power of  'international investment protection treaty obligations' to pursue its objectives: “Gabriel remains fully committed to constructing and operating a mine at Rosia Montana and for all stakeholders to capitalize upon the significant value it has created for Romania through the successful exploration and development of Europe’s largest gold deposit,” Jonathan Henry, Gabriel’s President and Chief Executive Officer said in a statement. He added: “It is the Company’s intention to proceed with the project provided that the Romanian Government is willing to observe the international investment protection treaty obligations it has undertaken, including to provide fair and equitable and non-discriminatory treatment as it assesses the merits of the project and, in particular, administers the environmental permitting process. To that end, the company has entered into the private placement to fund progress on the project beyond 2014, including the activities necessary to secure all outstanding permits.”  source:  http://www.romania-insider.com/gabriel-resources-asks-for-eur-27-mln-fro...

Further reading: Romania: history:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_history_of_Transylvania , Gabriel Resources:  http://www.gabrielresources.com/site/rosiamontana.aspx , and for future ref: http://www.restlessbeings.org/projects/roma-gypsies/new-wall-creates-fea...

Of course it might be awkward to suggest that the new Trespass Bill  and other 'legal frameworks'  for oil and gas extraction may include minerals too, oh dear could that lead to a 'Citizens/Landowners'  revolt?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1YqF3pYAeg

Romans! and, for the next Jolly  ;-)   :  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26447507

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Ground Zero at Quesnel Lake, Vancouver

" ... the waste pond wall breached, sending an estimated 10 million cubic metres (or 10 billion litres) of waste water and 4.5 million cubic metres of sandy sludge into the Hazeltine Creek that feeds Quesnel Lake." "

Like a lot of local residents, Patton doesn’t like to play up the ‘disaster porn’ aspect of the accident. Having an out-of-towner tromping around in the wreckage taking selfies with a garish facemask is exactly what most residents are looking to avoid.

Despite the anger aroused by the incident at the Mount Polley tailings facility, a lot of folks in the community around Likely B.C. want to focus on recovery, rather than regret."

"The mixture of sediment, fine sand, chemicals and heavy metals that collects at the bottom of tailings ponds is known as “slurry.” According to Gerald MacBurney, a former tailings foreman at the Mount Polley mine, the water from the tailings pond is less of an environmental concern than the slurry. “That’s where all the nasty stuff is,”

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/world/canada/i-went-ground-zero-imperia...

& http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Dramatic+drop+flow+from+breached+tailin...

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Abandonde Minds

Gabriel may have had there wings clipped but heres a little light breeze:  -  http://www.ining.com/abandon-romanian-mine-now-an-underground-theme-park...

'Following what it seems to be a growing trend of turning old mines into touristic attractions, a defunct salt mine in the Romanian region of Transylvania has opened as an underground amusement park, history museum and spa.

Offering a unique climate, the mine is free of allergens and bacteria, which makes it idea for sufferers of hay fever or asthma. At 80% humidity it maintains a steady temperature of 11 to 12 degrees Celsius.

Its current attractions include a Ferris wheel, billiard tables, a mini-golf course, ping-pong, a bowling alley, and an underground lake with paddleboats. It also holds a180-seat amphitheater to host the occasional concert.'

lol - priceless X - http://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/salina-turda-salt-mine-in-rom...

just in case : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/good-to-share/10515363/Explore-theme-par...