San Rafael Mine Still in Limbo

Industrialists are demanding that the Constitutional Court rule on the request for legal protection that was granted in favor of an environmental group and which is keeping the mine's operations in a state of paralysis.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The project has been paralyzed since an environmental organization filed an request for legal protection against the mine, arguing that the Ministry of Energy and Mines did not carry out the necessary community consultations before authorizing the licenses. 

See: "Another mining company suspended in Guatemala"

In response to the slow progress made in the legal process, the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CIG) presented a memo to the Constitutional Court requesting a speedy resolution. This follows another similar document which was presented last Monday by the Employees Solidarity Association of San Rafael Mine.  

See also: "Situation Worsens at San Rafael Mine"

Javier Zepeda, executive director of the CIG, told Elperiodico.com.gt that " ... 'more than 117 days have passed in which the CC has not resolved the case of the San Rafael mine. "

He added that "... 'the work stoppage at the project continues to generate millions in losses for the country, affecting the economy . ' "

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