Romania hints at foreign interests behind anti gold mining and shale gas protests

Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta said on September 17 2013 that he has information that foreign interests are seeking to prevent Romania from re-starting its mining sector and becoming energy independent in a moment when the political class remains deadlocked in a debate whether the gold mining project at Rosia Montana should go on amid widespread street protests.

“There is an economic war which folded on some goodwill and normal manifestations (the street protests) and which comes, based on the information I received, from two directions: there are certainly economic interests outside Romania that Romania will not re-open its overall mining sector – and I am not talking about only gold mining, but mining in general – and that Romania will not become economically independent as concerns the gas production” Ponta said, as quoted by Romania TV.

“It is normal, who around us wants us to have our own gas, not to import it anymore and who wants us to have important natural resources? I don’t think anyone really wants that and there certainly is this kind of influence” the head of the Romanian government added.

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