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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2012/s22.v4030

MINING AND POLLUTION IN JIU VALLEY COAL FIELD, ROMANIA

I. STEGAR
Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Libadmin2012

References: 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, www.sgem.org, SGEM2012 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 17-23, 2012, Vol. 4, 1051 - 1058 pp

ABSTRACT

The paper deals with the results of a sociological survey realised between January –
September of 2011 on an number of 643 subject (unemployed from Jiu Valley) and tries
to comprise the perception of the inhabitants (those uninvolved in the mining activity)
regarding keeping mining active and its effects on the labour market in the area and on
the pollution of the region. Jiu Valley is a mono-industrial area the main activity of
which is coal extraction and other adjacent activities, ensuring the economic survival of
the area. Even if pollution related opinions are divided – considering the level of
knowledge and information of the subjects – the advantage of keeping the mines
operational are considered viable by the respondents. Not being specialised in
environmental pollution issues, people have considered it to be of a good quality,
especially compared to the years before realising the thermal infrastructure
rehabilitation when the air in the area was extremely polluted. Most of them agreed that
not only the bodies responsible with environmental quality but all the citizens should be
preoccupied by this aspect, i.e. the activities of environmental ecologisation imply as
well the implication of the community and a continuous education of the people in this
regard.

Keywords: sociological research, pollution, unemployed, mining activity.