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Postat la: 04.11.2013 - 15:25 | Scris de: ZIUA NEWS


Dragos Tanase, RMGC CEO, failed to inform the public about thousands of tons of metals vital for the economy of our country, found in the rock mountains at Rosia Montana. Stefan Marincea, Director of the Geology Institute of Romania, brings criminal charges against the Canadian company management. According to Marincea, the RMGC management falsified Valea Corna map in order to conceal the infiltration of cyanide in the underground waters. Marincea explained exclusively for ZIUAnews how the Gold Corporation management manipulated the result of the laboratory tests for the rare metals concentration. Should these elements be mined for and not destroyed by methods involving cyanide, Romania would rank among the first countries in the world.

By Ruana Ceausescu and Cristina Ghenea

Dragos Tanase, Jonathan Henry, Catalin Hossu and the other influential individuals in the Rosia Montana Gold Corporation management misinform the Romanians and conceal vital aspects for the international economy. The RMGC representatives manipulate by silence and intend to destroy significant reserves of rare ore that would rank Romania among the first countries in the world. Stefan Marincea, Director of Geology Institute of Romania, not only revealed exclusively for ZIUAnews details about the national treasures of Romania kept hidden by the RMGC in order to destroy them by methods involving cyanide but also dismantled piece by piece alleged evidence presented by the Canadian management to the Romanian authorities. Stefan Marincea brought criminal charges against the RMGC representatives who, according to the expert, had falsified the Valea Cornea map and manipulated the results of the tests on the important metals quantity found in the Apuseni Mountains. More, the Gold Corporation management presented the Rosia Montana Parliamentary Committee a chart on the current mines compared to a map of the area, with serious discrepancies between the map and the legend. ZIUAnews presents exclusively the major detail on which RMGC declined to comment. Sources in the Rosia Montana Parliamentary Committee declared that the manipulation of the committee members has been attempted, especially in cases of members with no mining or geoloy studies.

ZIUAnews runs a thorough comparison of the RMGC representatives public statements on the Rosia Montana ore deposits and the actual situation, as presented by the National Institute of Geology Director. ZIUAnews will also compare the public statements of the RMGC representatives on the tailing ponds and the outcome of the National Geology Institute research, the scientists accusing the Canadian company of having falsified the Valea Corna map.

RMGC: The other metals do not present sufficient concentration

According to a brochure released to the public in favour of the RMGC "gold and silver are the sole metals worth extracting" and "in keeping with the scientific studies results, there are 330 tons of gold and 1,600 tons of silver."

As for other metals found in the extracted ore, there is no sufficient concentration therein in order to be worth extracting and trading. In other words, they can not be retrieved during the procession of the ore. Most of the content is similar in quantity to the average content of the element in nature or even smaller (like Uranium, Germanium, Nickel, Strontium). In the very few cases when the values are above the average found in nature, the elements cannot be retrieved, being impossible to extract them in a technological process at industrial scale. In order to extract these elements, their content should be thousands times higher." The declaration of Gheorghe Dutu, Chairman of National Agency for Mineral Resources (ANRM), endorses the statement of the Canadian company: "The metals identified in the Rosia Montana underground deposits, other than silver and gold, are below the extraction degree."

60-Hectares Tailing Pond

According to data publicly provided by the RMGC representatives, the 60-hectares tailing pond has been designed in accordance with the EU directions. "The reservoir within the tailing pond has a surface of 60 hectares and it will be situated at the end of the tailing pond. The future reservoir may not be compared to Vidraru, which has a surface of 870 hectares. The safety standards of the Rosia Montana tailing pond are certified in keeping with the EU Direction for Surface Waters (80/68/EEC), regulated in Romania as Government Decision 351/2005, and with the EU Direction for Mining Waste No. 2006/21/EC, as regulated by the Terms of Standardisation provided by the Romanian Ministry of Environment in May 2005", according to the RMGC website.

Tens of thousands of tons of rare metals, in much higher concentration

According to Stefan Marincea, Director General of National Institute of Geology, "RMGC denies the presence of important quantities of Pb, Zn or Cu in the ore. According to our calculations based on the lab test results as communicated by the RMGC, significant potential reserves of Te 161 tons, Ge 49 tons, Se 1.72 tons, Ta 116 tons, Ti 777 tons, Sb 1220 tons, Zn 29,763 tons and up to feldspar 129 millions tons." According to Marincea, the Ge concentration present in the ore in Apuseni Mountains, for instance, is eight times higher than presented by the RMGC documents. "In order to crystallize a mineral, for instance, a chemical compound that contains Germanium, the crystallization solution, the nature in this case, is required to contain Germanium up to eight times more than normally found in the environment. Hence I can tell you that the Germanium content in the area where it crystallized is eight times higher than presented in the RMGC report", Stefan Marincea declared. As about Tellurium, the chemical element used in high technologies for manufacturing atomic bombs and photovoltaic cells, ZIUAnews was told by the same specialist that "there is an important quantity of Tellurium there in the Rosia Montana gold, it is an anomaly of the nature which became the subject of several scientific articles published by the most prestigious scientific magazines in the world, a confirmed scientific information. We should find ways to exploit, extract and value these resources for the European industries." It is common scientific knowledge for more than 250 years that Romania has the second largest Tellurium deposit worldwide. The deposit has recently been confirmed by the representatives of the Geology and Mining Research Institute of France, recently represented at the 35th Congress of Geology Services Directors, that carried extensive works in Romania in scientific partnerships.

The actual tailing pond - 363 hectares. The Valea Corna map- falsified.

Stefan Marincea declared for ZIUAnews that the actual surface of the tailing pond is 363 hectares. A serious allegation of the National Geology Institute Director came against the RMGC representatives, who actually deleted 13 fractures on the map in their attempt to conceal the rock cracks that will allow the cyanide to infiltrate in the underground water. More, Marincea explained how the RMGC representatives fails to comply with the terms of the EU directions according to which waste materials are not allowed to be stored in water. "The RMGC representatives will have serious problems with their failure to comply with the EU directions is discovered. The Minister of Environment should have intervened, as well as the Minister of Water, because the 363-hectare tailing pond will be their responsibility. Out of the 363 hectares, 45 hectares will be underwater, in the Valea Corna river area.

The RMGC representatives used our map, magnified it - which is a criminal deed- and deleted 13 fractures that are shown on our original map at 50,000 Abrud page. The 363 hectares do represent a distinct problem, because the EU direction on water is violated, being forbidden to deposit waste materials in the drainage basin of a lake or river, as well as to mine in the stream beds."

Stefan Marincea's statement was endorsed by Grigorie Bujan, the Hunedoara County Water Management System, who declared that: "It is strictly forbidden to store waste materials in the stream bed of a river or lake, it is completely out of the question. According to the EU directions, it is forbidden to bring tools and machinery to the stream bed of any water, let alone build or mine."

The rare metals, diluted by manipulated laboratory tests

Stefan Marincea explained exclusively for ZIUAnews how the metal content was diluted in the laboratory tests presented by the RMGC representatives to Romanian authorities. According to the National Institute of Geology, the RMGC representatives analyzed silver and gold samples taken from quartz crystals with a view to "diluting" the quantity of other chemical elements considered to be more valuable than silver and gold, reducing Antimony, Bismuth and Lead to a non detectable percentage in all 365 samples.

"I shall explain how the content was diluted. The Romanian law - unlike the French law, which in such cases withdraws all licenses of the company and stipulates that legal action is taken against the company, or the similar Canadian law- does not stipulate that state authority laboratory tests are required. So why wouldn't they take advantage of such a law? We were told by the RMGC representatives that, as the Romanian law does not stipulate the obligation of such laboratory tests, they had their own samples tested. Socolescu and Ghitulescu discovered in 1940s that silver and gold grouped in the many epithermal gold deposits in Romania. This means that gold and silver are found not only in the natural alloy, in the active gold or electrum - the name of the natural alloy of gold and silver- but also in pyrites, quartz crystals - where the native gold is quite low in percentage- and in gold and silver tellurium, as well as in Antimony or Bismuth gold and silver sulphosalts. They even ran statistics that we were not able to access during the mining activity of Cetate mine. When the deposit was actually open we discovered the actual forms of gold and silver, that only 20% of the gold was in the quartz crystals, the rest being in the electrum and tellurium. The RMGC had only the quartz crystal samples analyzed, where only colloidal gold is found, thus diluting the other elements. They did not run a correct systematic test of the samples, they simply analyzed the gold and silver content. The other elements commonly present in sulphosalts, like Antimony, Bismuth and Lead are below the detection limit in all of their 365 samples. They specifically ran tests of the quartz crystals only, to dilute the content of other metals. I am flabbergasted that Mr. Dutu, of National Agency of Mineral Resources took them literally, or took them like the Bible. I could not say anything against Mr. Dutu, he is not a geologist. I would have characterized him differently if he were a geologist. He is not a geologist and he takes things for granted."

"The technology that RMGC selected for the extraction of gold and silver only may be extended to other similar mining projects, but it would deprive our country of its potential advantage as the first general producer of Antimony, Tellurium and Germanium in Europe", the National Institute of Geology Director added. Marincea also added that "the technology used for the project is likely to spread the cyanide in full, which means that all other elements but gold and silver will be destroyed. Tellurium and Germanium will not be retrieved but turned into Tellurium cyanide or Sulphur cyanide, which is very serious."

Attempt to manipulate the MPs

Cecilia Szentesy, RMGC Technical Projects Director, presented the Rosia Montana Parliamentary Committee members a map comparing the surface of the existing mines to the surface of the mines as planned by the Canadian company. However, there are significant differences in terms of drawing and legend and, according to some of the Rosia Montana Parliamentary Committee members, a manipulation has been attempted. Take the Jig mine, for instance, where - as shown on the map- the planned mining surface is more than twice the existing mining surface, while numbers look differently: 18.49 hectares the planned mining surface and 35.42 hectares the existing mining surface. The same discrepancies are shown in the case of the other three mines. By this time the RMGC have declined to offer ZIUAnews their point of view on the discrepancies noticed, while Catalin Hossu asked for time to consult the persons responsible with drawing the map.

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