El Salvador Looks to Block Pacific Rim Law Suit

The Salvadoran government has filed a new set of objections after the

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The document, presented as a response to the backing given by the International Center for Investment Dispute Resolution (CIADI), describes the way the company changed its nationality in order to take advantage of the benefits of the free trade agreement.

"The jurisdictional objections filed, to which El Diario de Hoy was given access, argue that Pacific Rim's claims are inadmissable owing to the abuse of due process it committed. The mining company's official headquarters used to be in the Cayman Islands, part of the United Kingdon, but since 2007 it has called Nevada home, three years after the conflict with El Salvador's Economy Ministry began".

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Ruling Favors El Salvador in Mining Dispute

October 2016

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes has ruled in favor of El Salvador in the dispute with the mining company OceanaGold, owner of the El Dorado gold mine.

From a press release by OceanaGold Corporation:

(MELBOURNE) OceanaGold Corporation (TSX/ASX/NZX: OGC) (the “Company”) has been advised that the arbitration tribunal constituted by the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) has found in favour of the Government of El Salvador (the “Government”) in its dispute with an OceanaGold indirect subsidiary company, Pac Rim Cayman LLC. ICSID granted an award of US$8 million to the Government of El Salvador to cover its legal fees and costs.

Dispute between Pacific Rim and El Salvador Continues

August 2010

The court at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has ruled in favor of the Canadian gold mining company and dismissed preliminary objections raised by El Salvador.

Pacific Rim, owner of the El Dorado gold mine, is at the center of an international dispute with the Salvadoran government.

Request for Reconsideration of Gold Mine Denial in El Salvador

March 2009

Community development associations in the region of El Dorado requested President Saca to reconsider his decision not to allow the exploration of precious metals.

At a press conference, the claimants, who denied being employees of Pacific Rim, the Canadian mining company which is mainly affected by the presidential decision, indicated that operation of the El Dorado mine area would bring the jobs needed to alleviate the extreme poverty of local inhabitants.

Pacific Rim freezes study on El Salvador gold mine

February 2009

The company will defer the completion of a feasibility study for its El Dorado project, because of volatility in the capital cost estimates, as well as permitting uncertainty.

Pacific Rim will conserve its cash until the input costs for the project have stabilised, and the study can accurately reflect factors like commodity prices and capital equipment costs.

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