President Chinchilla Will Not Revoke Mina Crucitas Permits

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.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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.

The Costa Rican president, Laura Chinchilla had said that she would study petitions from environmental groups and that she might eventually decide to revoke the concession granted by the previous Oscar Arias administration. She has now stated that she will follow the Constitutional Court's decision.

The Costa Rican vice president, Alfio Piva, calculated the potential damages payable to Mina Crucitas as $1.7 billion, a figure so high it even surprised the company's head of corporate relations, Juan Carlos Obando.

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What A Minister Says Can Cost Dearly

February 2014

In answering whether Costa Rica should compensate Industrias Infinito in the Crucitas mine case, the minister in charge of the issue said, "they shouldn't be paid or it should be minimal. "  


In an article in the Minister of Environment and Energy René Castro answered the question by saying "We believe that Costa Rica should not give any compensation to Industrias Infinito because there was never actually a concession."

Cancellation of Crucitas Mining Concession Stands

November 2011

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

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.

Costa Rican Court Cancels Las Crucitas Mining Concession

November 2010

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

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

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

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.

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