Cancellation of Crucitas Mining Concession Stands

The First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica has dismissed appeals filed by the company Industrias Infinito.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In November 2010 the Administrative Court ordered the cancellation of a mining concession to Industrias Infinito, a company that has invested $127 million in the project.

"The First Chamber ... decided to uphold all parts of the ruling, so that in addition to the cancellation of the operating permits, the decree that declared mining activity of public interest has been annulled and it was reiterated that legal proceedings should be initiated against several authorities such as the ex-president Oscar Arias", reported

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