Within a few years, opposition to the mining project began to grow. Originally begun at a grassroots level when a few locals refused to sell their land to RMGC, opposition gained momentum as more and more experts and celebrities began to voice their concerns including a number of international archeologists who were dismayed over the potential destruction of the area’s unique Roman mines. It was during this time the Rosia Montana Cultural Foundation was created.
In 2013, when then-Prime Minister Victor Ponta indicated he would make it possible to bypass existing environmental laws holding up the project, significant street protests erupted in major cities against the project. In October 2013, Ștefan Marincea, the President of the Geological Institute, testified that there are many fault lines in the area. Finally, on November 2013, the senate rejected the draft law which would have allowed the mining project to go ahead.
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Though the situation in Rosia Montana is in a healthy place, government backroom deals keeps the issue from being resolved. In 2018, for example, after filing to be included in a list of proposed UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the minister of Romania abruptly requested that Rosia Montana be removed. Inclusion on the list was resumed on January 31, 2020.