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PROTEST TO TOURNIGAN GOLD CORPORATION

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THE TOURNIGAN GOLD CORPORATION'S MINING OPERATIONS POSE A THREAT TO ENDANGERED BIRD SPECIES AND HABITATS IN SLOVAKIA

WHAT YOU CAN DO

 

In consultation with Slovak conservationists we have prepared a draft text to be sent to the Tournigan Gold Corporation. Send it (or one with your own concerns and suggestions - some tips here) via the link provided - or by post or fax - to

 

MAIL TO TOURNIGAN

 

to:   info@tournigan.com

 

bcc:   sosna@changenet.sk;  info@proact-campaigns.net

It is important that you also take time to send an email to alert the EU Environmental Commissioner

 

EU COMMISSIONER DIMAS

 


PLEASE RESPECT EU AND SLOVAK LEGISLATION ON HABITAT AND SPECIES PROTECTION IN SLOVAKIA 

 

To: The Tournigan Gold Corporation

 

By electronic mail (staff please pass to addressees) to:

  

Damien Reynolds
Executive Chairman

 

Garry Stock
Executive Vice President

 

 

 

Dear Mr Reynolds,

Dear Mr Stock,

 

Some 5 years ago the environmentally unfriendly activities of foreign mining companies in Slovakia was challenged by conservationists in Slovakia and worldwide and operations in the planned Slovak Karst National Park were called off.

 

It has come to our attention that your company is planning mining operations for gold and uranium in Slovakia. This small country is fortunate to still have large tracts of intact countryside which provide breeding habitat to several important and endangered species. These include birds such as the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, and Ural Owl. Other species threatened include the Black Stork, Black, Three-toed and White-backed Woodpeckers, Capercaillie, Pygmy Owl, Hazel Grouse and other species of community concern according to European Union Specially Protected Area (SPA) criteria.  Your planned gold and uranium extraction will be detrimental to some of these areas, and other important habitats of endangered flora and fauna, and are likely to infringe Slovak and European Union legislation.

 

The lobby to have revised legislation passed which will enable mining operations to ride roughshod over conservation, nature protection and local recreational requirements is not in the long-term interests of the country and its population. All forms of short term economic gains, most of which will not benefit the country itself, cannot be permitted to be made at the expense of the preservation of common European natural resources. For this reason we are supporting the efforts of Slovak non-governmental organisations to prevent the law being passed as presently drafted. We will also call the attention of the European Commission to planned mining activities to ensure that these are monitored and that infringements against European legislation, in particular the Birds and Habitat Directives (79/409/EEC and 92/43/EEC), are prevented.

 

On your website you state: "Local and regional governments have been supportive of the project." Our information from the affected regions indicate the opposite. The Ministry of the Environment, and the city councils of Kosice and Kremnica, are opposed to the proposed mining operations  because of the consequent loss of public recreational activities and serious habitat degradation for flora and fauna. It is noticeable that you make no mention of environmental impact on your website; a sad and significant omission in this day and age.

 

We urge you to respect European and Slovak environmental legislation and take heed of conservation concerns for important endangered  bird species.

 

We will also be expressing our concern to the respective Slovak ministries and the European Commission.

 

Sincerely,

 

(Name and address)

 

 


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