Daca vreti sa vedeti ce insemna exploatare moderna de aur, urmariti filmele de mai jos.
Dezastre ecologice ireversibile in urma unor accidente. Milioane de oameni afectati de cele mai ingrozitoare boli. Copii nascuti cu malformatii si condamnati la chin pe viata. Pamant distrus pentru totdeauna. Cine garanteaza ca ele nu se vor intampla ? O firma cu sediul in Insulele Cayman sau oriunde in alta parte ? Guvernul Romaniei ? Imi vine deja sa rad gandindu-ma la grija pe care alesii neamului o poarta poporului roman, daramite mediului inconjurator.
Iata ce s-a intamplat in Guyana Franceza in 1995.
Tot un consortiu canadian, ca si acum. Nu i-a spus Gabriel Gold Corporation, ci Omai gold Mines. Acelasi consortiu, aceiasi actionari. Cea din urma demareaza in 1993 cel mai mare proiect de extractie a aurului din istoria tarii. La un an de la deschidere, datorita unor neglijente in intretinerea iazului de decantare, barajul se rupe si apa contaminata cu cianuri se deverseaza in rau, producand cel mai mare dezastru ecologic din America de Sud. Presedintele tarii Cheddi Jagan a declarat stare de dezastru si a cerut asistenta internationala. Dupa mai bine de 10 ani, urmarile sunt inca prezente.
La fel se va intampla si la noi, FMI si Banca Mondiala vor exercita presiuni si vor santaja guvernul sa lanseze proiectul.
El va fi demarat si apoi subit, intr-o noapte .. POC !!! se rupe barajul iazului de decantare. DEZASTRU !
Cine credeti ca va curata dupa ... ? Gabi ? Sa fim seriosi ! In momentul imediat urmator firma va da faliment, bineinteles dupa ce au transferat toti banii in alte conturi.
Am gasit un interesant catalog al marilor corporatii si investiilor lor in lume. Corporate profiles compiled by George Draffan
Am vrut sa traduc textul, dar banuiesc ca nu e nevoie.
In August 1995, more than 800 million gallons of cyanide waste spilled into the Omai and Essequibo Rivers after a retaining wall of a holding pond broke. Health officials distributed bottled water and warned 18,000 Indians, loggers, and miners not to touch the water or to eat fish or shrimp. Fish and wild hogs were found floating in the rivers. In May 1995 a smaller spill of sodium cyanide killed hundreds of fish (Bert Wilkinson, Associated Press, Cyanide Spills Into Guyana's Main River, Seattle Times, Aug. 23, 1995, p. A11)
GOLD FEVER LEADS TO DISASTER
GUYANA: A major cyanide spill from a Canadian gold mine has caused an 'environmental disaster'.
A massive spill of cyanide into Guyana's main river, the Essequibo, by the Canadian mining consortium Omai Gold Mines has been declared 'one of the worst mine disasters in history'. Over a million cubic metres of highly poisonous residues have poured through breaches in the mine's waste pond killing off the river and posing serious health risks to the communities downstream.
President Cheddi Jagan has announced an 'environmental disaster zone' and called for international assistance to clean up the mess and avert human tragedies.
High levels of cyanide, used to extract gold from crushed rock, have already been detected far downstream and dead and dying fish, birds and animals reported. Local environmentalists are concerned that heavy metals like arsenic and copper, that are
concentrated in the slurry, will enter the food chain and take years to dissipate. Soon after the breach in the tailings dam was detected, late on Saturday night, the company tried diverting the waste waters into its own mine works. However, slurry has
continued to pour into the rivers, while fears have been raised that the waste now in the mine pits will leach into the ground waters. The mine will now be closed for at least half a year.
Gold has been a lure for foreign adventurers ever since Sir Walter Raleigh wrote of the 'large, rich and bewtiful Empire of Guiana' in 1595. The Omai mine promised to turn such fantasies into reality with dreams of Guyana becoming the 'new South Africa'. Shortly after its opening in 1993, President Jagan announced the Omai venture would transform 'our mudland into the gold land of the future'. The mine, jointly owned by Canadian companies Cambior Inc. and Golden Star Resources and backed by the World Bank, became South America's largest, annually producing 250,000 ounces.
The mine has been controversial since opening, for its lack of environmental controls and the over-generous terms under which it was granted, meaning that Guyana has seen little of the profits. The experimental technology of storing waste slurry in clay tanks under tropical rainforest conditions was untried.
Last year, an investigation carried out for the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) by Britain's Minewatch had highlighted the risks of a tailings dam burst. The disaster 'was not only predictable but predicted' notes Minewatcher Roger Moody, who carried out the study.
Guyana's haste to open up its interior to loggers and miners has been widely criticised by environmentalists. The Government has been pushed into it by its huge foreign debt and pressure from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to encourage foreign investment. As a result, business has expanded faster than the Government can control leading to demands from Guyanese citizens for a freeze on the handout of concessions. The loudest cries have come from the Amerindians who inhabit the sparsely settled interior. 'The Guyanese economy may need the money, but sacrifice of peoples' lives and damage to the environment should not be the cost' notes Jean La Rose of the APA. The Government has now promised a thorough overhaul of its environmental laws.
'It's a pity they didn't listen to us sooner' laments La Rose.
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