Chance of a Thunderstorm
Weather for San José:
High 33° / Low 18°
Thunderstorm
Click here for six-day forecast for 16 communities across Costa Rica!
CLICK HERE TO
SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER
BUY
541.00
SELL
553.00
BUY
583.52
SELL
613.50
BUY
406.29
SELL
430.29
Banco BAC
Banco BCR
Banco Nacional
Banco Popular
Banco Scotiabank

Costa Rica Upholds Ban On Open-Pit Mining

Share this article

Costa Rica’s Constitutional Tribunal, the country’s highest court, on Feb. 6 unanimously rejected a case brought by the country’s Mining and Industry Association challenging the 2010 ban on open-pit mining. The Associaiton argued that the ban on license renewal for existing open-pit mines is unconstitutional and applied in a discriminatory manner. The judges found that the prohibition on license renewals violates no constitutional rights, and applies to all firms—not only foreign ones, as the Association argued.

Two Canadian-owned projects, at Bellavista and Crucitas, have galvanized environmentalist opposition. Cerro Crucitas lies within the Agua y Paz Biosphere Reserve, in the strategic San Juan Basin of Alajuela province, near the Nicaraguan border. (See map) Plans by Infinito Gold, formerly by Vannessa Ventures of Alberta, to build an open-pit mine there have been held up by concerns it would contaminate the Río San Juan with cyanide and heavy metals. The company was served an injunction by Costa Rica’s Supreme Court in October 2008 for illegally cutting forest down in preparation for the project befire its approval.

Toronto-based Glencairn Gold Corporation, now Central Sun Mining, began operating an open-pit mine at the Bellavista site near Miramar in Puntarenas province in 2003 in spite of concerns by locals and the then-pending ban. In July 2007, earth movements caused by geological instability or rainfall cracked the mine’s leach pad liner, in all probability leaking cyanide and contaminating the groundwater near the community of Miramar. The Canadian company suspended its operations only after the accident, even while admitting it had noticed earth movements in May.

Source: World War 4 Report

Print Friendly

Related Articles

Scotiabank Costa Rica Receives Major Unsecured Loan

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. (“Bladex” or “the Bank”; NYSE: [...]

Mystery of Costa Rica Rail Director’s Resignation Solved

A revolving door cabinet has been an unfortunate staple of the administration of President Luis Guillermo [...]

Concentrix Adds 700 More Positions in Costa Rica

By Wendy Anders Concentrix is a high value business services company operating in 25 different countries [...]

Tigo Business Brings Microsoft Cloud OS Network to Costa Rica

Stockholm – July 13th, 2016 – Millicom’s Tigo Business brand and Microsoft today announce a Microsoft [...]

New Money Transfer and Remittance Service in Costa Rica

Sharemoney, Omnex Group’s online money transfer service, is expanding services to include money [...]

Investors See Lower Expectations for Costa Rica Economy

The latest Central America Country Risk Report by Business Monitor International is now available, and it [...]

Accounting Firm from Costa Rica Joins International Group

Kreston International, the global network of independent accounting firms, has announced that is has [...]

Mexican Dairy Giant Expands in Costa Rica

Grupo LALA S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican company focused on the healthy food industry, (“LALA”) [...]