Monday, 22 October 2012

gold mines and public consultation

it is an issue of major environmental concern...
Gold mining produces lots of cyanides that they need proper toxic waste management.

In Greece, the goverment refuses to consult the local people...
and this is what happened yesterday: conflicts, arrests and injuries was the scenery of the protest in Skouries yesterday,  where hundreds residents and supporters gathered to protest gold mining activity.

the photo is from

On the antipode,Scottish gold mine plans got go-ahead (25.10.2011)

I copy for this Guardian story [of the link]

The original application for planning permission to explore the mine was rejected because of concerns over poor restoration proposals for Glen Cononish. Scotgold and the park authority worked together to resolve the objections.
McKay said: "We also have a 30-year commitment to improve the wider Glen Cononish. The Greater Cononish Glen management plan will include extending existing native Caledonian pine forest and improving habitats and access tracks.
"This legally binding agreement means the glen will regain its quiet, remote character following closure of the mine and the landscape will be improved from its current state."

Almost 50 conditions have been attached to the approved application, including a 30-year conservation plan for Glen Cononish, bat and otter surveys, as well as limits on extraction, working hours and blasting.
it is quite obvious that any mining activities should take in consideration the views of local people, in a constructive way, not with riot police!

today, I feel the need to close this sad post with some notes...

I was dreaming in my dreaming
of an aspect bright and fair
and my sleeping it was broken
but my dream it lingered near
in the form of shining valleys
where the pure air recognized
and my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry
that the people / have the power
to redeem / the work of fools
upon the meek / the graces shower
it's decreed / the people rule
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power

Vengeful aspects became suspect
and bending low as if to hear
and the armies ceased advancing
because the people had their ear
and the shepherds and the soldiers
lay beneath the stars
exchanging visions
and laying arms
to waste / in the dust
in the form of / shining valleys
where the pure air / recognized
and my senses / newly opened
I awakened / to the cry

Where there were deserts
I saw fountains
like cream the waters rise
and we strolled there together
with none to laugh or criticize
and the leopard
and the lamb
lay together truly bound
I was hoping in my hoping
to recall what I had found
I was dreaming in my dreaming
god knows / a purer view
as I surrender to my sleeping
I commit my dream to you
The power to dream / to rule
to wrestle the world from fools
it's decreed the people rule
it's decreed the people rule
I believe everything we dream
can come to pass through our union
we can turn the world around
we can turn the earth's revolution
we have the power
People have the power ...

1 comment:

Yannis Zabetakis said...

At the root of the environmental problem is the industry's reliance on old mining technology called "heap-leaching". Leach mining allows miners to coax tiny flecks of gold from low-grade ore. Cyanide is the chemical of choice and more than 90 per cent of the 2,500 tons of annual global gold production is extracted in this way.