Mining fever in Costa Rica

The end of a mining moratorium that was imposed by the Government of Abel Pacheco and which ended last July, caused a rush of miners to the country.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Between July and September 2008 there were at least 203 requests for exploration permits above ground and and 14 below.
In three months, the number of exploration requests to exploit mining areas for limestone, construction gravel or metals on Costa Rican soil reached 203.
At the same time, in order to explore the national subsoil for metallic minerals (especially silver and gold), the Department of...

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Moratorium Prevents Mine Reopening in Costa Rica

January 2012

The government has denied a Canadian company a license.

The Costa Rican authorities in the mining sector have declined the request to reopen the Bellavista gold mine by the Canadian company B2 Gold, arguing that the act would be contrary to the national moratorium on mining.

Costa Rica: Mining Company Sues State

August 2013

The Bellavista mining company has gone to the Administrative Court seeking permission to reactivate gold mining activities in Puntarenas.

According to the general manager of Metales Procesados MRW S.A., Donald Brown, the suit against the Costa Rican government was filed last May but the information had not been released until now.

Costa Rica Imposes Moratorium on Gold Mining

May 2010

In its initial ministerial meeting, the new government issued a decree imposing an indefinite moratorium on all forms of gold mining.

The moratorium will apply on gold metal, “exploration, exploitation and benefitting from materials extracted using cyanide or mercury”. It will become active once published in the official government gazette.

Another Two Mines Suspended in Guatemala

June 2016

The Mining Exploitation Project Niquegua Montufar II, run by Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel, and the one called Tajmulco II, by Montana Exploradora de Guatemala, have been suspended by the government.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Energy and Mines indicates that "...Adhering to the appeal granted by the First Chamber of the Court of Appeals of the Civil and Commercial Branch constituted in the Court of Appeal, the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), notified Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel (CGN), of the suspension of its authorization license for operating the mining exploitation project Niquegua Montufar II. "

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