Newmont-backed Gabriel Resources Won’t Let Democracy Stop it from Mining

January 22, 2015 • Shreema Mehta

Rather than accept unfavorable government decisions, such as a permit denial, some companies are suing countries under investment agreements that allow them to “seek international arbitration” in publicly inaccessible World Bank tribunals. Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources, which has the backing of US giant Newmont, is the latest mining company to resort to this tactic. Gabriel is threatening to sue the Romanian government if it does not get approval for its proposed Rosia Montana open-pit gold mine.


Joint letter to Canadian officials urging withdrawal of government support of Rosia Montana

December 5, 2013 • Earthworks et. al.

Letter to Canadian Foreign Minister and select members of Parliament urging withdrawal of government support of Gabriel Resources’ efforts to develop the Rosia Montana mining proposal in Romania

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Groups urge Canadian officials to withdraw government support of Rosia Montana mining proposal

December 5, 2013 • Earthworks, MiningWatch Canada, etal

(Ottawa) December 5, 2013. MiningWatch, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Council of Canadians and Earthworks join the call of Romanian and Canadian protesters to request the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Members of Parliament for:

Introduction of legislation to make Canadian corporations, particularly extractive industry corporations, accountable for proposed projects and actual operations abroad and
Withdrawal of Canadian Government support for Gabriel Resources' mining project in Romania at Rosia Montana.


Romania Votes “No” on Rosia Montana Open-Pit Mine

November 12, 2013 • Payal Sampat

Good news: The Romanian parliament rejected the proposed Rosia Montana open-pit gold mine on Monday, after months of protests on the streets of Bucharest and around the world. As we've blogged about before, this mine proposal epitomizes “dirty gold” for many reasons.

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Of vampires and a zombie mine in Transylvania

September 8, 2013 • Payal Sampat

Transylvania, Romania, is known for its fictional vampires – this is the region where Bram Stoker set his classic vampire novel, Dracula, in 1897.  Over a century later, the region is threatened not by fictional vampires but a very real –and far scarier –monster: the Rosia  Montana mine.