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Report exposes huge shortfall in funds to fix mess left behind by miners

Report exposes huge shortfall in funds to fix mess left behind by miners | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
Toxic abandoned mines require a massive clean-up, for which state budget funding is "substantially inadequate", a report has revealed.
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Mining legacies - failure to rehabilitate mine sites costs the taxpayer and our environment.
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MINING LEGACIES: Images and impacts from mining in Australia

MINING LEGACIES: Images and impacts from mining in Australia | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
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New South Wales had the earliest recorded mine in Australia with the Nobby’s Head coal mine from the 1790′s. This first discovery set the tone for a coal dominated mining industry in NSW which is now home to the world’s largest coal export port – Newcastle. Coal mining covers the east coast of NSW, the Illawarra the Lower and Upper Hunter, New England and the Central West. There are also significant gold, lead, zinc and copper deposits that have been mined.

In another world record – in 1885 – Broken Hill in NSW became the birth place of the worlds largest diversified mining company Broken Hill Propriety Limited now BHP Billiton the ‘Big Australian’. Around this time the peak and rise of the Union movement in Australia occurred. It was in Broken Hill, 7 years in to mining that BHP had their first strike – lasting 16 weeks and starting a lifetime of industrial action at BHP mine sites from Illawarra NSW, to Port Headland WA, Bowen Basin Queensland, to Chile, Colombia and South Africa.

The NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Resources and Energy began the Derelict Mines Program in 1974. Despite this program being established relatively early there are sill an estimated 573 legacy mine sites in NSW but we expect that this number is much higher.

There are a number of mines that pose serious environmental and public health risks, in particular the asbestos at Woodsreef and approx 65 abandoned coal mines in the Lower Hunter which have acid mine drainage (AMD).

In 2012 the NSW Auditor Generals report identified that DTIRE had ‘substantially inadequate’ funds to address the ‘contamination liability’ of NSW legacy mines. This has led to new calls for an audit into the total liability of NSW legacy sites and calls for a 2020 deadline to rehabilitate.

In 2011- 2012 there were 27 sites with rehabilitation works done costing $2.1 million. Some of this included Belmont mineral sands, Ardlethan tin open cut mine and the gold mine at Home Rule.

Funds for the Derelict Mines Program have been generated through the acquisition and sale of abandoned mine processing plants, from investing the money within the fund, money from security deposits, and through appropriation of money from the Minerals and Petroleum Administrative Fund by Parliament or approved by the Minister.

There is a 100% mine closure cost bond requirement for all new mines, calculated using a bonds calculator. There are requirements for progressive mine rehabilitation over the life of the mine to avoid future legacy sites."

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Thin-film Solar Cells Freed From Toxic Processing - IEEE Spectrum

Thin-film Solar Cells Freed From Toxic Processing - IEEE Spectrum | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
Cadmium chloride treatment replaced by benign magnesium chloride—a key ingredient in tofu
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"...the cadmium chloride can be replaced with magnesium chloride, a benign and extremely cheap alternative ..." "Cadmium chloride is filthy stuff. Its cadmium ions are extremely toxic, causing heart disease, kidney disorders, and a host of other health problems. One accidental spill of the water-soluble compound can wipe out fish from a river. So it is both unfortunate and ironic that cadmium chloride should be essential for manufacturing a promising source of clean energy: thin-film cadmium telluride solar cells. Researchers at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom have now discovered that the cadmium chloride can be replaced with magnesium chloride, a benign and extremely cheap alternative that could help to cut the cost and environmental impact of thin-film photovoltaics. Magnesium chloride is extracted from seawater, and is used as a low-temperature de-icer for roads or as a coagulant to make tofu. And at roughly US $1 per kilogram in bulk, it is hundreds of times cheaper than cadmium chloride. The new, poison-free process could help thin-film solar cells challenge the dominance of silicon photovoltaics, which make up roughly 90 percent of the world’s solar market but have some serious drawbacks. Silicon does not absorb sunlight particularly well, so modules require layers of very high purity crystals, each more than 150 micrometers thick. The cost of these silicon slabs is hampering efforts to further reduce the price of solar power. .."
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A Current Affair > Video Index | Health scare strikes Australian community

A Current Affair > Video Index | Health scare strikes Australian community | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it

ACA | June 02, 2014: It was supposed to be the idyllic Australian community. But now, locals have been dealt a health scare with a foreign owned corporate giant creating a pollution crisis that’s tearing families apart.

Costerfield farmers say toxic dust from Mandalay gold and antimony mine poisoning local community
June 3 2014 | ABC
Residents of the small farming settlement of Costerfield in central Victoria have said they are being poisoned by toxic dust from a nearby gold and antimony mine.

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Health scare strikes Australian community
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Costerfield farmers say toxic dust from Mandalay gold and antimony mine poisoning local community
June 3 2014
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-02/costerfield-farmers-say-mandalay-mine-poisoning-local-community/5494774

Costerfield mine contamination a 'health emergency'
21 May, 2014 6:43PM AEST
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/05/21/4009336.htm

Mandalay Resources

76 Richmond Street East, Suite 330
Toronto, ON M5C 1P1 Canada

http://www.mandalayresources.com/properties/costerfield/



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Water tests for Dorrigo catchment before any antimony mining

Water tests for Dorrigo catchment before any antimony mining | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
A WATER quality testing regime will begin to gather data on antimony levels in Wild Cattle Creek and the Bielsdown River before any further mining is undertaken
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Baseline water testing in the Blicks River not mentioned in this article.
Anchor Resources Ltd is exploring for gold, copper and other minerals in the Clarence River upper catchments. There are a number of small abandoned mine sites in the Blicks River catchments with exploration activities currently being undertaken.

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Poison-Breathing Bacteria May Be Boon To Industry, Environment - RedOrbit

Poison-Breathing Bacteria May Be Boon To Industry, Environment - RedOrbit | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
Nature World News Poison-Breathing Bacteria May Be Boon To Industry, Environment RedOrbit The bacteria use elements that are notoriously poisonous to humans, such as antimony and arsenic, in place of oxygen, an ability that lets them survive buried...
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Bacteria could provide promise for cleaning up contamination.

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Green Governance: The Human Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment

Green Governance: The Human Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it

Efforts to protect the environment have hit a wall: the unwillingness of the State and the Market to set limits on market abuses and excesses. A Commons-based governance could solve the problem.


CSRWire Talkback Series on GREEN GOVERNANCE

About the Authors:
David Bollier is an author, activist and independent scholar of the commons. He is Cofounder of the Commons Strategies Group and blogs at Bollier.org. Burns H. Weston is the Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus & Senior Scholar of the Center for Human Rights at The University of Iowa. Bollier and Weston jointly direct The Commons Law Project.

 

▶ ECOLOGICAL SURVIVAL, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND THE LAW OF THE COMMONS. The vast majority of the world's scientists agree: we have reached a point in history where we are in grave danger of destroying Earth's life-sustaining capacity. But our attempts to protect natural ecosystems are increasingly ineffective because our very conception of the problem is limited; we treat 'the environment' as its own separate realm, taking for granted prevailing but outmoded conceptions of economics, national sovereignty and international law. Green Governance is a direct response to the mounting calls for a paradigm shift in the way humans relate to the natural environment. It opens the door to a new set of solutions by proposing a compelling new synthesis of environmental protection based on broader notions of economics and human rights and on commons-based governance. Going beyond speculative abstractions, the book proposes a new architecture of environmental law and public policy that is as practical as it is theoretically sound. http://www.csrwire.com/blog/series/56-green-governance-ecological-survival-human-rights-and-the-law-of-the-commons/posts

 

CSRWire Talkback, December 20, 2013

▶ 'THE HUMAN RIGHT TO A CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT' .... A clean environment is a human right, too, but courts and laws need to "get it." David Bollier and Burns Weston continue the Green Governance series on Talkback. http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1157-the-human-right-to-a-clean-and-healthy-environment

 

▶ WHO WILL SPEAK FOR THE TREES: THE IMPORTANCE OF VERNACULAR LAW IN SOLVING ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS. When laws no longer protect society's rights, it's time to establish the "common law" rights of the people http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1147-the-importance-of-vernacular-law-in-solving-ecological-problems

 

November 29, 2013
▶ GREEN GOVERNANCE: RE-IMAGINING OUR STEWARDSHIP OF NATURE. A new paradigm based on ancient principles of governance offers hope for real stewardship of planetary resources. http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1124-green-governance-re-imagining-our-stewardship-of-nature

 

September 13, 2013 Francesca Rheannon CSRWire

▶ THE TRAGEDY OF THE MARKET, THE PROMISE OF THE COMMONS http://sco.lt/8GZC9x

 

▶ THE WORLD IS SITTING ON A CONSUMPTION TIME BOMB  http://sco.lt/92ZVcP

 

▶ WHY THE ECONOMY NEEDS NATURE http://sco.lt/8FQndh

 

 ▶ FINANCIALIZING NATURE COULD BANKRUPT US ALL: OLD ECONOMICS OR SUSTAINING POLICY? http://sco.lt/8Y7sK9

 

 ▶ INVESTING LIKE AN ECOSYSTEM: NO TO BIODIVERSITY OFFSETTING: NATURE IS PRICELESS http://sco.lt/7xzjKj

 

 ▶ THE ECONOMY OF ENOUGH: A BETTER PLAN THAN 'ENDLESS GROWTH' http://sco.lt/7f68zR

 

Climate and Capitalism, December 21, 2013
▶ ECOSOCIALISM AS A HUMAN PHENOMENON http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/12/21/ecosocialism-human-phenomenon/

 

▶ PATAGONIA MAY BE THE WORLD'S MOST RESPONSIBLE COMPANY http://sco.lt/8Xb7xp

 

▶ BUSINESS LEADERS CALL FOR ACTION TO VALUE NATURE http://sco.lt/93O8kT

 

 ▶ SLEEPWALKING TO EXTINCTION: CAPITALISM AND THE CONSUMER ECONOMY http://sco.lt/9EPNkf

 

▶  THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US http://sco.lt/4ywB3h

 

 

                                             SHORT VIDEO 4:00

                        THE EARTH'S NEXT 100 YEARS VISUALIZED

                                            http://sco.lt/8vwwb3

 

 

                                                  WATCH

                                              FILM: ***"HOME"

                    An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

      http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/home-an-exquisite-story-of-our-world/

 

                                                    VIDEO

                           WATER IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

                                    The Global Water Crisis

                                        http://sco.lt/53HMPJ

 

 

 

                           MORE ON ON STATE OF THE PLANET

▶ Biodiversity IS Life http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life

 

▶ CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT US ALL http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet

 

▶ OUR OCEANS NEED US http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us

 

▶ YOUR FOOD, YOUR HEALTH : THE CORPORATE INDUSTRIAL FOOD SYSTEM http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides

 

 

 ▶ ▶ >> AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD - The Natural Eye Project - http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/

 

 

 




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Artemis Resources targets antimony resource in new drilling at Eastern Hills - Proactive Investors Australia

Artemis Resources targets antimony resource in new drilling at Eastern Hills - Proactive Investors Australia | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
Proactive Investors Australia Artemis Resources targets antimony resource in new drilling at Eastern Hills Proactive Investors Australia Artemis Resources (ASX: ARV) has launched a 3000 metre reverse circulation drilling program at the Eastern...
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The Price of Precious - Photo Gallery

The Price of Precious - Photo Gallery | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
The minerals in our electronic devices have bankrolled unspeakable violence in the Congo. (As new iPhones come out, National Geographic has great photos and story on the kids mining their minerals in Congo.
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Child slavery in precious metals.

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Illegal gold mining exposing Peru's indigenous tribes to mercury poisoning #IdleNoMore

Illegal gold mining exposing Peru's indigenous tribes to mercury poisoning #IdleNoMore | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it

Native children at high risk as toxic concentrations of mercury dumped in Amazon rivers gets into the food chain, study finds


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Mercury used to process gold fines contaminating water, land.

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Mining shouldn't cause lives, "Native children at high risk as toxic concentrations of mercury dumped in Amazon rivers gets into the food chain, study finds." - #IdleNoMore

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The boom in Chinese gold demand - Of Wealth

The boom in Chinese gold demand - Of Wealth | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
The long term investment case for gold is all about emerging market demand, especially in large countries like China and India. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll keep it short today.

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"Water more precious than gold"
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The metal poisoning millions of miners

The metal poisoning millions of miners | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
While mining for gold provides a living for millions, it comes at a price - the risk of mercury poisoning, and the destruction of both forest and farmland.
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About 15% of the world's gold is produced by artisanal and small-scale miners, most of whom use mercury to extract it from the earth. In Indonesia, the industry supports some three million people - but the miners risk poisoning themselves, their children and the land.

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Derelict mines program - NSW Resources and Energy

Derelict mines program - NSW Resources and Energy | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
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"In 2012 the NSW Auditor Generals report identified that DTIRE had ‘substantially inadequate’ funds to address the ‘contamination liability’ of NSW legacy mines. This has led to new calls for an audit into the total liability of NSW legacy sites and calls for a 2020 deadline to rehabilitate."
http://www.mininglegacies.org/mines/nsw/

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Ban all Toxic Mineral and Gold Mining Exploration on the Dorrigo Plateau in New South Wales

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This petition aims to protect rivers, forest and farmland on the Dorrigo Plateau from the invasion of the mining industry.

The NSW government has allowed unrestricted mineral exploration in a number of east coast water catchments, including the Dorrigo plateau and surrounds.

The township of Dorrigo services a diverse farming, forestry, tourism and arts community with a rich local history. The Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage Dorrigo National Park sits on the escarpment surrounded by scenic farmland on rich red basalt soils. Visitors to the area appreciate the scenic natural beauty, wildlife, bushwalks, farmland views and clear mountain waterfalls. 

People who live and work in the rural landscape love the land and know the value of our natural assets. The recent NSW Draft Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land (BSAL) mapping, released in 2013, fails to protect valuable parts of the farming landscape. The Dorrigo Plateau needs a Strategic Regional Landuse Plan (SRLUP) to limit mining developments in the Clarence catchments.

In 2014 access to farmland by mining companies is being hotly debated in the NSW parliament; proposed amendments to mining legislation will favour mining companies ahead of public interest and the environment.  Remind our government that community health and local economies are more important than mining profits.

Sign our petition … To protect the environment and the communities of the Dorrigo Plateau and adjacent water catchment regions from the destructive effects of mining activities by stopping all existing, pending and future mining exploration licences in the invaluable water catchments of the Dorrigo Plateau, which includes World Heritage Areas, State Forests and Reserves. (Currently mining exploration leases cover thousands of hectares of public and private land across the Dorrigo Plateau region.)

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Mining withdraws from the Tarkine wilderness

Mining withdraws from the Tarkine wilderness | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
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"A mine site in the Tarkine wilderness has stopped operations just six months citing falling ore prices and the low Aussie dollar as reasons for the decision. For environmentalists the news is bitter-sweet because the mine has already caused damage through land clearance and construction of acid waste pools.

 

It also isn't clear how soon the company will be expected to clean up the wilderness.

Featured in story
Scott Jordan, Save The Tarkine campaign coordinator "

Mine #economics - rehabilitation or #environmental harm?

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Mining’s multi-billion-dollar black hole

As the boom ends, poor oversight and lax bonds leave governments stuck with an enormous bill for mining’s clean-up.
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Mina site rehabilitation. Who pays? "Consider Mount Morgan, near Rockhampton in Queensland, at one time the largest goldmine in the world. In the 100 years to 1981 it produced about 262 tonnes of gold, 37 tonnes of silver and 387,000 tonnes of copper, as well as 134 million tonnes of waste rock and overburden. Then the price of gold fell and the price of the cyanide used to extract the gold rose, and the mine’s then-operators walked away, leaving behind the old pit, flooded with billions of litres of acidic water and elevated levels of 18 elements, including lead, cobalt, cadmium, copper, manganese. And there it has stayed – a cocktail of heavy metals in a giant bath of sulfuric acid – with minimal rehabilitation, gradually leaching pollutants. Decades later, long stretches of the nearby Dee River remain highly toxic. And in the big wet of January 2013, when the pit overflowed, there were “impacts”, as the Queensland mines department blandly put it, for 50 kilometres downstream. That is to say, the Dee River turned bright turquoise, killing fish and other wildlife, and leaving behind a poisonous sludge on the streambed."
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Ban all Toxic Mineral and Gold Mining Exploration on the Dorrigo Plateau in New South Wales

Ban all Toxic Mineral and Gold Mining Exploration on the Dorrigo Plateau in New South Wales | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it

This petition aims to protect rivers, forest and farmland on the Dorrigo Plateau from the invasion of the mining industry.

The NSW government has allowed unrestricted mineral exploration in a number of east coast water catchments, including the Dorrigo plateau and surrounds.

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Blicks River Guardians
www.blicksriverguardians.org
Dorrigo Environment Watch
www.dorrigoenvironmentwatch.org.au

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River group hails stakeholder status 'win'

River group hails stakeholder status 'win' | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
DIALOGUE has helped to build bridges over the issue of Macleay River water quality between a mining company and a group concerned with the threat of contamination.
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Save Our Macleay River - A local community group concerned about mining contamination alerts NSW EPA to toxic sediments dumped in upper catchments at old mine site.

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A Scarcity of Rare Metals Is Hindering Green Technologies by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360

A Scarcity of Rare Metals Is Hindering Green Technologies by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360 | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
A shortage of 'rare earth' metals, used in everything from electric car batteries to solar panels to wind turbines, is hampering the growth of renewable energy technologies.
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Devastating cost of illegal mining in Peru higher than ever thought: government

Devastating cost of illegal mining in Peru higher than ever thought: government | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
About 40,000 hectares of Amazonic forest, not 18,000 as the government thought, has been destroyed by illegal mining in Peru.
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Africa's mines ditch polluting practices to produce its first Fairtrade ...

Africa's mines ditch polluting practices to produce its first Fairtrade ... | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
Scheme could herald a 'green gold' revolution as 12 mines commit to ban child labour, stop burning mercury and improve conditions.
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Brazil seeks to block Canadian gold mine in the Amazon - Mineweb.com Mineweb

Brazil seeks to block Canadian gold mine in the Amazon - Mineweb.com Mineweb | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
Mining, investments, gold mining, Amazon, Brazil, Belo Sun Mining, Xingu River, Volta Grande, Belo Monte, gold ounces, arsenic, cyanide, lead

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The '50-50' Chip: Memory Device of the Future?

The '50-50' Chip: Memory Device of the Future? | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
A new material built from aluminum and antimony shows promise for next-generation data-storage devices.

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Cyanide pollution fears: Thousands of Romanians protest 'biggest in ...

Cyanide pollution fears: Thousands of Romanians protest 'biggest in ... | Gold and Antimony - Environmental Harm | Scoop.it
Massive protests are gripping Romania against the government's controversial decision to pave the way for a Canadian firm to build Europe's largest opencast gold mine – which many fear may lead to an environmental ...
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