El Salvador: Law to Ban Mining

A Congress committee has initiated an investigation into a new law that would prohibit mining within national territory.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The parliamentary initiative seeks to eliminate mining in El Salvador," a communication by the Legislative Assembly states.

"On the Committee for the Environment and Climate Change both the governing left and opposition right leaning parties are represented and all agree on the need to enact a law that bans the exploitation of the country's mineral resources," reports Laprensagrafica.com.

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El Salvador: Candidate Says No to Mining

February 2014

The presidential hopeful Sanchez Cerén, from the ruling FMLN party, reaffirmed his opposition to the exploitation of metal mining in the country.  

The presidential candidate of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front party (FMLN), Salvador Sanchez Ceren, says a new government will not allow the exploitation of metal mining in the country, believing that it is "an risk for the population."

Panama Launches Consultation for Mining Code Reform

January 2011

The bill seeking to reform the mining code began a consultation process in the trade committee of the Legislative Assembly.

This process at the parliamentary body will run up until Friday, January 28.

Minister Henríquez said the fees, royalties, fees, fines which are generated according to the 1963 mining code, both for non-metallic mining and metal, are very low.

Mining Industry Frozen in El Salvador

January 2011

There are 26 mining projects between applications for exploration and exploitation which have not been approved.

Applications for mining comprise nearly 5% of the country's territory.

Laprensagrafica.com says, "companies have found a vein of gold that begins in Mexico and goes through all the countries of Central America and ends in Costa Rica."

Costa Rica Bans Open Pit Mining

November 2010

The Legislature approved, in its first discussion, a bill banning open pit mining.

With a unanimous vote of 50 representatives on first debate, the mining code reform was approved.

Next Tuesday second debate will be voted and if approved, along with the signature of President Laura Chinchilla, it will come into effect.

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