Bellavista Gold Mine Starts Commercial Mining

January 6, 2006

THE Bellavista open-pit gold mine, in

the town of Miramar, near the Pacific port

city of Puntarenas, officially started commercial

operations last month, according

to spokeswoman Kattia Chacón.

After receiving the approval of government

institutions for more than 250

permits required for operation, the mine

received the final permit it needed from

the Ministry of Public Health in late

December, allowing it to begin commercial

mining on Dec. 23, Chacón said.

The mine, managed by Metales

Procesados M.R.W., S.A., a subsidiary of

the Canadian mining company Glencairn

Gold, will extract 60,000 ounces of gold

from Miramar during the next eight years,

said a statement from Bellavista.

The mine, which opened in April 2004

and began preliminary gold extraction one

year later, has raised fierce criticism from

environmentalists (TT, Nov. 26, 2004).

The mine is one of two gold-pit mines

in the country declared exempt from a

moratorium on open-pit mining signed in

2002 (TT, June 7, 2002).

The other is Las Crucitas open-pit

gold mine, in the country s Northern

Zone which awaits only minor permits

before scheduled construction of the mine

can begin around mid-year (TT, Dec. 23,

2005).

You may be interested

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week
The Alvarado Administration
94 views
The Alvarado Administration
94 views

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week

The Tico Times - May 21, 2018

Newly inaugurated Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is closing in on two weeks on the job. Here are some of…

PHOTOS: International Museum Day in Costa Rica
Arts & Culture
109 views
Arts & Culture
109 views

PHOTOS: International Museum Day in Costa Rica

Mitzi Stark - May 21, 2018

May 18 is International Museum Day, and Costa Rica celebrated with 31 mini-museums all in one at the Casa del…

Costa Rica, Panama refuse to acknowledge Venezuelan election results
Latin America
141 views
Latin America
141 views

Costa Rica, Panama refuse to acknowledge Venezuelan election results

AFP - May 21, 2018

Costa Rica and Panama were two of 14 countries in the Americas to announce they would not acknowledge the results…