Romania parliament delays gold mine report to Nov. 10

Reuters

BUCHAREST, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Romania's parliament postponeda special commission's report on a controversial bill that wouldallow Canada's Gabriel Resources Ltd to set upEurope's biggest open-cast gold mine until Nov. 10, an officialwas quoted saying on Tuesday.

Gabriel Resources Ltd has been waiting 14 years for approvalto use cyanide to mine 314 tonnes of gold and 1,500 tonnes ofsilver in the town of Rosia Montana. The state also holds aminority stake in the mine.

The government of Prime Minister Victor Ponta this yearproposed a bill to speed up the project by setting strictdeadlines for the approval process.

The bill, which triggered countrywide protests against themine, prompted parliament to set up a commission to assess thebill. It was supposed to file its report this week.

"We approved a deadline extension until Nov. 10 at therequest of the commission's president," lower house speakerValeriu Zgonea was quoted as saying by state news agencyAgerpres.

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