Costa Rica condemned for mining practices

The Third Forum of the Cocibolca Lake and San Juan River strongly condemned the Costa Rican government for authorizing the open pit mining operation at Crucitas yesterday. Members of the non-governmental organization pointed out the enviromental threat represented by the mine, which is just three kilometers from the San Juan River.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Before issuing its statement, the director of the Rio Foundation, Antonio Ruiz, delivered to the government copies of the resolution of Costa Rica's Technical National Environment Secretariat and a resolution signed by the Minister of Environment and Energy, Roberto Dobles Mora, which exhausted the administrative process, granting environmental viability to the Crucitas project.
Ruiz warned the government against petitions for mining concessions in Buena Vista, Las Minas, San Carlos, and others, and called on politicians to say "no" to mining.

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