Translated from Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, paper edition, 7 February 2008:
This forest estate, 2,500 hectare in size, is owned by a Dutch foundation. Together with student Liesbeth Fontein, Verweij studied the consequences of gold mining, like deforestation and water pollution.
Some weeks before the French government was supposed to grant Cambior its final permit, Verweij and Fontein started an e-mail campaign with the organization Ecological Internet. According to Verweij, ten thousands of protest mails have been sent to the French government. The government then decided not to grant the permit. Cambior gave up trying.