Location: Tincova, Sacu, Caraş-Severin and Timiş
Licence permit number: exploitation permit No. 16502/07.2013
Project holder 2013: Formin SA Caransebeş
Data on the deposit: copper and gold
Project permitting stage: –
Nord Tincova – general aspects
The exploration area Nord Tincova is located on the territory of Sacu commune in Caraş-Severin county, Banat region. According to the census in 2011, the population of Sacu commune was 1,485 inhabitants. Sacu commune is 21 km distant from Lugoj city and 21 km distant from Caransebeş city. The National Archaeological Directory includes 13 references on the commune’s territory, including the Upper Palaeolithic settlement at Tincova on river Timiş.(link).
Permitting stages for the mining exploration of Nord Tincova area
The Caraş-Severin Environmental Protection Agency decided on 13.11.2013 that the project „Exploration works in the Tincova Nord area, Caraş-Severin county”, proposed to be located outside the built area Tincova, on the administrative territory of Sacu commune, shall not be subject to an environmental impact assessment. (link). Formin SA obtained the Urban Planning Certificate no. 9/03.10.2013 issued by the Sacu commune Townhall, Caraş-Severin county.
Mining is an industry with an extremely high stake for public policies and financial markets, but particularly for the directly affected communities and ecosystems. While the industry highlights its capacity to generate wealth and the use of modern technologies, the responsibility for the risks, costs and liabilities generated has never been fully assumed. The industry’s domination in the area of public policies prevented a change of the status-quo, and the local communities’ voice remains marginal in the public discourse. The shift of mining companies’ interest from large investment projects to smaller but more numerous projects has a major impact upon local communities, with public attention being thus dissipated in many directions and the permitting procedures being simplified.