Canada Asks Costa Rica to Respect the Crucitas Contract

The Canadian ambassador to Costa Rica has warned of the damage to the country's international reputation if the project is cancelled.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Neil Reeder, Canadian ambassador, indicated that his government can vouch for the environmental responsibility of Canadian mining companies. Despite the project being financed by the private sector, the Canadian government maintains a close interest in the project, he added.

"We (the government) expect good corporate behaviour and they (Industrias Infinito) have respected all the rules of the game," the diplomat told Nacion.com, though he added that in the end the project is a 'private issue'.

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Costa Rican Court Cancels Las Crucitas Mining Concession

November 2010

A local court ruled to annul the concession previously granted to Industrias Infinito, and ordered the company to pay compensatory damages.

The court ordered the Costa Rican State and Industrias Infinito to pay environmental damages.

An article in Elfinancierocr.com noted that the ruling is not definitive, as another court (Sala Primera), must first resolve an appeal by Industrias Infinito.

Crucitas Mine in Costa Rica Halted by Environmental Lawsuits

April 2010

The open pit gold mine, property of Infinito Gold Ltd, is unable to operate due to renewed lawsuits from environmentalist groups.

Crucitas’ operations were initially suspended in 2008, but in early April 2010, the Constitutional Court green lighted them again.

“But this proved to be a short lived victory, as appeals from environmentalists groups forced Inifinto to suspend working on the mine until the legal issue is settled”, reported Terra.

Mina Crucitas Compensation: $1.7 Billion

July 2010

The Costa Rican government predicts possible damages payable to Industrias Infinito if the gold mining contract is cancelled.

Costa Rica’s courts have indicated to the president that she has the legal authority to cancel the Mina Crucitas mining contract, provided the government assumes responsibility for the case by providing compensation.

Costa Rica: Crucitas Gold Mine Hits another Barrier

April 2010

A Contentious-Administrative Tribunal issued a ruling temporarily preventing the mine from operating.

The ruling is in response to a complaint filed by the Flora and Fauna Preservation Association, who seeks to permanently shut down the gold mine.

Last week, the Constitutional Court had authorized the mine to being operating, as it didn’t find reasons to justify negative effects on the environment.

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