In answering whether Costa Rica should compensate Industrias Infinito in the Crucitas mine case, the minister in charge of the issue said, "they shouldn't be paid or it should be minimal. "
In an article in Prensalibre.cr the Minister of Environment and Energy René Castro answered the question by saying "We believe that Costa Rica should not give any compensation to Industrias Infinito because there was never actually a concession."
The money that the State of Costa Rica will lose in the dispute over the failed concession of the Crucitas mine will come from taxpayer's pockets.
During the 20 year period of the soap opera that is Crucitas gold mine, none of the individuals who are involved in one way or another have suffered any financial loss and many, on the contrary, have seen an increase in their income and their bank accounts. They include presidents, former presidents, ministers, former ministers, judges and other public officials, who, regardless of the nature of their involvement in the matter, carried on receiving their salaries on time and carried on collecting their juicy pensions.
The Canadian ambassador to Costa Rica has warned of the damage to the country's international reputation if the project is cancelled.
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.
Taking into account the ruling of the Constitutional Court in favor of the gold mining project and the risk of a multi-million pound law suit, Chinchilla will not cancel the concession.
The Mina Crucitas operations, which are in the preparatory phase, remain suspended as a precaution pending the reversal of the Contentious-Administrative Tribunal ruling, which stopped the mine from operating in response to a complaint from an environmental organization.
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