Yes indeed, all good. Those objectors who lobby against the mine for their own selfish interests just removed a central plank of their own argument. Now there is no longer any threat of a catastrophic leak of cyanide, and everything should be able to move forward ......
You almost sound proud. Funny that in my most recent visit to Poland where I went for a wedding. I visited relations in smaller towns. Do you know what was missing in these places? The youth of Poland, young adults. Why you might ask? Well there are no jobs for these people the older generations stated. They have pretty much all moved abroad or to bigger cities. No doubt the same is already happening in Slovakia and will only get worse as time goes on.
But with regards to cyanide, and gold mining. Gold can still be mined and the process for extracting the metal can happen elsewhere. Also note cyanide can still be used but under certain conditions according to an amendment. No doubt you forget to put that in your post.
The ban on using cyanide in Slovakia is true. It cost a lot of effort but we made substantial progress to prevent gold mining not only in Kremnica but all over Slovakia.
More than 90% of all gold extracted worldwide relies upon the use of cyanide. Cyanide is a naturally occurring compound that bonds with gold, allowing it to be brought into solution. It can easily be separated from gold for collection. It is a simple, cost effective process. No suitable alternatives exist. In other words, banning the use of cyanide in effect bans the extraction and production of gold. Gravity separation works well with lodes or veins, but there are few of those types of deposits to be found. Froth flotation is not efficient enough to process low grade gold deposits. (Professor Jan G. Laitos)
Do you know any goldmine that fully uses some other chemical method ? They are only used in pilot scale experiments. Barrick gold has been trying thiosulphate for several years they invested millions of dollars in research and yet they are not producing any gold with this method. Why ? After 5 years Ortac still cannot tell the public what method exactly will they use to extract the gold. What have they been doing for so long here when they don't even have the basics projects ready ? And the desperate shareholders are trying to find alternative forms of leaching so they won't loose their investments. Nonsense.
Try to find a mine in Germany, Czech republic or Hungary where the cyanide is banned and they produce gold with profit.
We are still facing a long way - election of the Mayor, the court with the Mining Office should finally start and the political negotiations are still going on. We are getting support at all levels of government but especially the support of people.
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