Costa Rican Court Cancels Las Crucitas Mining Concession

A local court ruled to annul the concession previously granted to Industrias Infinito, and ordered the company to pay compensatory damages.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The court ordered the Costa Rican State and Industrias Infinito to pay environmental damages.

An article in Elfinancierocr.com noted that the ruling is not definitive, as another court (Sala Primera), must first resolve an appeal by Industrias Infinito.

Representatives from Infinito reacted surprised to the ruling, as they argue that "is hard to understand such a ruling when the highest court in the country (Sala IV) green-lighted the project as environmentally, legally and constitutionally viable".

The company reports to have invested $127 million so far in the project.

More on this topic

Canada Asks Costa Rica to Respect the Crucitas Contract

August 2010

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.

President Chinchilla Will Not Revoke Mina Crucitas Permits

July 2010

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.

Mina Crucitas Compensation: $1.7 Billion

July 2010

The Costa Rican government predicts possible damages payable to Industrias Infinito if the gold mining contract is cancelled.

Costa Rica’s courts have indicated to the president that she has the legal authority to cancel the Mina Crucitas mining contract, provided the government assumes responsibility for the case by providing compensation.

Costa Rica: Crucitas Gold Mine Hits another Barrier

April 2010

A Contentious-Administrative Tribunal issued a ruling temporarily preventing the mine from operating.

The ruling is in response to a complaint filed by the Flora and Fauna Preservation Association, who seeks to permanently shut down the gold mine.

Last week, the Constitutional Court had authorized the mine to being operating, as it didn’t find reasons to justify negative effects on the environment.

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