Rosia Montana/Romania, 13th December 2012 – On 9th December a referendum was held in several communities that would be impacted by restarting mining activities in the Alba County, Western Romania. Despite RMGC’s aggressive PR campaigns and despite RMGC’s desperate efforts to get people to vote, the proposed restarting of gold mining activities failed to secure sufficient support among the local population. A turnout well below the legally required 50% of registered voters (only 43% voted, of whom 36% voted against the proposal) rendered the referendum null and void.