Canadian mining operations spark protests across the globe

Oct 10, 2013

Protesters form a human chain around the Palace of the Parliament during a protest rally in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.The protesters staged a rally against a planned cyanide extraction based Canadian run gold mine supported by the government which would be the biggest gold mine in Europe, in the Transylvanian town of Rosia Montana.
Protesters form a human chain around the Palace of the Parliament during a protest rally in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.The protesters staged a rally against a planned cyanide extraction based Canadian run gold mine supported by the government which would be the biggest gold mine in Europe, in the Transylvanian town of Rosia Montana.
Credit Vadim Ghirda / Associated Press

A gold mining project in Romania has sparked the biggest street protests since the 1989 revolution.

A Canadian company wants to mine Europe’s largest gold deposit, located deep beneath an ancient mountain town, Rosia Montana, and three nearby mountains. Rosia Montana Gold Corporation says its mining operation would create thousands of jobs and provide more than two $2 billion in dividends, royalties and taxes. But more than ten-thousand Romanians have been marching in the streets on weekends to demonstrate their opposition.

To learn more about the controversy, Global Journalist spoke to a freelance journalist in Romania. The second half of the show explored other protests against Canadian gold mining companies around the world.

Panelists:

Calin Cosmaciuc, freelance journalist

Liezel Hill, Commodities industries reporter, Bloomberg

Santiago Ortega Arango, Assistant Professor, Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia