A view of Bran Castle in Bran, Romania, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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A battle over plans to build a huge gold mine in Rosia Montana, a Romanian village boasting intact Roman mining shafts and 18th century houses, has moved to an international stage, sparking residents' fears that the project could be resurrected.Gabriel Resources has now moved the fight to the World Bank's international arbitration tribunal to seek a reported $4 billion in compensation – about 2 percent of the Romanian economy – for the stalled project.David said the villagers had been unable to access any documents related to the tribunal process, and were concerned the mining firm and government were blocking access.Alburnus Maior originally requested documents relating to the case from the tribunal, stating it needed to see the papers to submit its arguments.Villagers have taken action previously to access documents related to the mining project.David said villagers' fears were further fueled when Gabriel Resources issued a press release during the September tribunal hearing welcoming a Romanian decision to withdraw a tax claim for $13 million.
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