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Environmentalists Storm Romanian Minister's Office


Romanian Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely (left) talks to a Greenpeace activist while others hold banners reading "Save Rosia Montana" in his office in central Bucharest on January 31.

Romanian Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely (left) talks to a Greenpeace activist while others hold banners reading "Save Rosia Montana" in his office in central Bucharest on January 31.

Greenpeace activists have stormed Romanian Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely's office to protest plans for a controversial gold mine in Transylvania.

Critics say the project in the western town of Rosia Montana which aims to use cyanide to extract gold could cause an ecological disaster.

Supporters say it will bring hundeds of much needed jobs and vital foreign investments.

The project, valued at $7.5 million, is led by a majority Canadian-owned corporation.

Two activists chained themselves to the radiators in Borbely's office after about 20 of them stormed the ministry to protest the project before leaving peacefully some five hours later.

Twelve years ago, a cyanide spill in a gold mine in the Romanian city of Baia Mare killed huge amounts of fish and wildlife in Hungarian rivers.

compiled from agency reports
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