Guatemala: Supreme Court Overturns Mining Permit

The Supreme Court has rescinded in a "definitive" manner the permit for operating the mine La Puya, which had been awarded to the company Progreso VII Derivadas.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Putting a legal end to the controversy which arose three months ago, the Supreme Court decided to suspend the permit permanently, after differences of opinion arose between the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Court over legal criteria.

See "Guatemala: No, Yes, to Mining Project" reports that "...The decision of the Supreme Court 'rescinds permission', acquired by the company Progreso VII Derivadas, which is owned by Exploraciones Mineras de Guatemala and the final decision was taken because the people living in the area of operations were not consulted."

"... Angel Pineda, a spokesperson for the Court, said it was a unanimous decision by a plenary of judges and has immediate effect."

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The Constitutional Court (CC) ruled in favor of the Environmental and Social Legal Action Center in Guatemala (CALAS) and ordered Mayaníquel SA to suspend the Sechol mining project, between the towns of Senahú and Panzós, Alta Verapaz.

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