Target: Jonathan Henry, Chief Executive Officer of Gabriel Resources Ltd.
Goal: Prevent the Canadian mining firm, Gabriel Resources, from opening the largest projected gold mine in Europe.
Soon, the largest European open-cast mining project will most likely be rejected. After planning for over 15 years and investing over 500 million dollars thus far, the Canadian mining firm, Gabriel Resources, has been the target of week-long protests being held in Bucharest, Romania. Thousands of people gathered every single day to march and protest the project. The Romanian parliament has recently announced that both chambers will likely reject the bill that would allow for the project to commence, due to a majority of opposition from lawmakers as well as public interest. Unfortunately, Gabriel Resources has stated that they will use the extra time to consider all of their possible moves. With millions invested in this mining project, the Canadian mining firm is acting as if they will stop at nothing to destroy the ecological beauty of this countryside.
Aimed at the village of Rosia Montana, Romania, the opening of the open-cast gold and silver mine would supposedly create 3,600 jobs, and generate an estimated $5.2 billion dollars in state revenue. The poverty stricken Rosia Montana, which is comprised of 16 separate villages, could use an economic surge such as this. The opposition towards the mining project, however, stems from environmental concerns, the removal of several villages, the destruction of archaeological history, and the possible end to the Rosia Montana’s tourism sector.
The use of cyanide is heavily prevalent in the mining process, which worries many residents and environmentalists. Back in the year 2000, because of a similar mining project, a large cyanide spill leached into the Somes River in Baia Mare, Romania. The toxins made their way into the Tisza and Danube rivers, contaminating the drinking water of 2.5 million Hungarians. The spill was caused by a failure in a holding reservoir for the cyanide-contaminated water. Through the destruction of several mountain tops, and the possible destruction of archaeological artifacts, the tourism attraction for the beautiful villages would be ruined, preventing any source of sustainable revenue for the Rosia Montana economy.
By signing the petition below, you will condemn Gabriel Resources for their efforts to destroy these Romanian villages. Unfortunately, with so much money already invested in the project, Gabriel Resources will most likely sue for “multiple breaches of international investment treaties.” We need to show them that more people are concerned over this massive mining project than just the citizens of Rosia Montana; they shouldn’t be allowed to move forward if so many are opposed to their decision.
Dear Jonathan Henry,
I am writing you today to urge you to end Gabriel Resources’ efforts toward opening the Rosia Montana gold and silver mine. Nearly the entire country of Romania is already opposed to the mining project. Thousands of people, as I am sure you are well aware, had shown up for a week-long protest against your efforts. Many environmentalists are worried about the heavy use of cyanide in the mining process, partly due to the Baia Mare disaster in 2000, where millions of people and animals were affected from the cyanide contamination of the Somes, Tisza, and Danube rivers.
I understand your company has already invested millions of dollars, and almost 15 years worth of planning in this project, and that you would like to see your efforts come to fruition. However, moving forward with this proposal will ruin Rosia Montana’s future. Several villages will have to be removed, and the beauty of the countryside will be destroyed through the mining process. Rosia Montana’s economy relies predominantly on tourism, showcasing the country’s reputation as a natural wonderland. Initiating Europe’s largest open-cast mine will help the economy surge, but the local economy will lose all of its sustainability. Please, I urge you to reconsider opening this mine.
[Your Name Here]
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