It took less than 15 hours for life in a Danube River tributary to
cease to exist.
After cyanide leaked from a gold mine in Romania, the poison
killed everything in the river. Not even bacteria survived as dead
fish began piling up at a dam on the Danube 55 miles downstream.
Even after the poison is diluted thoroughly, the heavy metals will
remain on the river bottom for up to 10 years.
Proponents of the Crown Jewel
mine at Buckhorn Mountain should
take note: Cyanide is the same
chemical Battle Mountain Gold
plans to use at its mine to extract
The Washington pollution board
has already ruled against the mine
because of its lack of pollution
controls and the amount of water it
would take from nearby creeks
that are already stressed.
The Crown Jewel mine was a bad
idea to start with, but the recent
disaster in Romania proves that
it is not a risk worth taking.
Brian Clark, Seattle