Another Mining Company Suspended in Guatemala

Minera San Rafael will have to cease operations after its two operating licenses were suspended as a result of a writ of protection granted by the Supreme Court of Justice to an environmental group.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 reports that "... The licenses for El Escobal, approved in 2013, and Juan Bosco, in 2012, are suspended and as a consequence, the San Rafael mine must stop its operations. The extraction plants whose licenses are now invalid are located in Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, and Nueva Santa Rosa, Casillas, and San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa."
The Center for Legal, Environmental and Social Action of Guatemala (Calas) filed the case in May, arguing that the Ministry of Energy and Mines did not carry out community consultations prior to authorizing the licenses.
The private sector did not hesitate in giving its reaction.  Today, executives from Cacif launched an appeal in the Constitutional Court against the resolution issued by the Supreme Court of Justice.
The suspension of these two licenses was announced amid controversy over decisions made by the Supreme Court of Justice among Guatemalan businessmen, who claim that serious damage has been done to legal security and the image of the country as an investment destination in the region.  See: "Flagrant legal uncertainty"

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Industrialists are demanding that the Constitutional Court rule on the request for legal protection that was granted in favor of an environmental group and which is keeping the mine's operations in a state of paralysis.

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After seven months of suspended operations, the company that operates the Escobal mine in Guatemala has announced that it is making 250 workers redundant.

The company interrupted its activities after the Supreme Court of Justice granted an injunction to the Legal, Environmental and Social Action Center (Calas), in July 2017, after denouncing that the Ministry of Energy and Mines had not carried out prior community consultations..

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