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Incident, Accident, Catastrophe: The Baia Mare Cyanide Spill
Unformatted Document Text:  ACT 3: CATASTROPHE DATE EVENT 4 February Friday Aurul’s Australian CEO resignsAccident is reported in Hungarian press 8 February Tuesday Romanian and Hugarian experts conduct joint investigationAccident is reported in Australian news 10 February Thursday Hungarian Environmental Minister and the Romanian Secretary of State for the EnvironmentmeetEsmeralda Exploration suspended from trade on the Australian Stock Exchange 11 February Friday The story breaks in the international press 12 February Saturday Eight wells in Bozanta Mare (village near Baia Mare) found to be contaminated with cyanide 18:00 Contaminated water reaches first municipal water supply (Szolnok) with a peak of 2.85mgCN per liter (Felier 2000)Contaminated plume reaches Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 14 February Monday Contaminated plume reaches Belgrade 15 February Tuesday Contaminated plume re-enters Romania on the Danube 16 February Wednesday Esmeralda’s investigative team arrives in RomaniaRomania bans water consumption and fishing on the DanubeRomania takes responsibility for the spill but asks that it not be politicized 17 February Thursday EU Commissioner for Environment, Romanian Environment Minister, the Head of theEuropean Commission delegation in Romania, and the Hungarian Environment Minister visitthe site ACT 4:ACCIDENT DATE EVENT 23 February – 6 March Wednesday -Monday UN experts investigate the spill in response to a formal request from the three affectedcountries 24 February Thursday Permanent Veterinary Committee of the European Commission takes decision not to placerestrictions on Romanian animal products 25 February Friday EU creates task force to asses the environmental damageContaminated plume reaches Danube Delta in Romania, from where it spills into Black Sea 11 March Saturday Unrelated spill of heavy metals in Romania 100 km. away from the first

Authors: Argeseanu, Solveig.
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ACT 3: CATASTROPHE
DATE
EVENT
4 February
Friday
Aurul’s Australian CEO resigns
Accident is reported in Hungarian press
8 February
Tuesday
Romanian and Hugarian experts conduct joint investigation
Accident is reported in Australian news
10 February
Thursday
Hungarian Environmental Minister and the Romanian Secretary of State for the Environment
meet
Esmeralda Exploration suspended from trade on the Australian Stock Exchange
11 February
Friday
The story breaks in the international press
12 February
Saturday
Eight wells in Bozanta Mare (village near Baia Mare) found to be contaminated with cyanide
18:00
Contaminated water reaches first municipal water supply (Szolnok) with a peak of 2.85mg
CN per liter (Felier 2000)
Contaminated plume reaches Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
14 February
Monday
Contaminated plume reaches Belgrade
15 February
Tuesday
Contaminated plume re-enters Romania on the Danube
16 February
Wednesday
Esmeralda’s investigative team arrives in Romania
Romania bans water consumption and fishing on the Danube
Romania takes responsibility for the spill but asks that it not be politicized
17 February
Thursday
EU Commissioner for Environment, Romanian Environment Minister, the Head of the
European Commission delegation in Romania, and the Hungarian Environment Minister visit
the site
ACT 4:ACCIDENT
DATE
EVENT
23 February –
6 March
Wednesday -
Monday
UN experts investigate the spill in response to a formal request from the three affected
countries
24 February
Thursday
Permanent Veterinary Committee of the European Commission takes decision not to place
restrictions on Romanian animal products
25 February
Friday
EU creates task force to asses the environmental damage
Contaminated plume reaches Danube Delta in Romania, from where it spills into Black Sea
11 March
Saturday
Unrelated spill of heavy metals in Romania 100 km. away from the first


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