MARENA’s Dilemma: Environment or Energy?

June 6, 2008

The country’s fragile energy situation is preventing the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (MARENA) from enforcing environmental laws in fear of contributing to power-rationing blackouts.

Last month, MARENA ordered the Ormat Momotombo Power Company, an Israeli firm that has a concession to operate the geothermal plant on Momotombo Volcano to shut down because it is contaminating nearby LakeManagua with its “highly-contaminating” runoff waters, according to a MARENA official.

Though the company had proposed to recycle its runoff waters in its original environmental-impact plan, it allegedly has only been recycling about 40 percent of the brine, discharging the rest into the nearby lake. MARENA, however, has been unable to enforce the measure because the country needs the energy the Momotombo plant is producing.

MARENA minister Juana Argenal recently told The Nica Times that the government is still in a legal process with the Israeli company.

“They have to do a remediation plan,” she said. “We don’t want to stop economic activity.We want to enforce environmental laws.”

 

You may be interested

5 questions for US painter Suzahn King
Weekend Arts Spotlight
99 views
Weekend Arts Spotlight
99 views

5 questions for US painter Suzahn King

Elizabeth Lang - May 20, 2018

Suzahn King's paintings, known for their intricate details, are currently focused on her surroundings in Costa Rica, a country she…

Jean Marc Calvet, part III: Leaving Marco behind
Artists
271 views
Artists
271 views

Jean Marc Calvet, part III: Leaving Marco behind

Elizabeth Lang - May 18, 2018

This is the story of Nicaraguan-based French artist Jean Marc Calvet: a man whose complex life, obscurities and misfortunes overwhelmed…

Traditional masks
Tico Times Pic of the Day
286 views
Tico Times Pic of the Day
286 views

Traditional masks

The Tico Times - May 18, 2018

Creating masks out of balsa wood, carved by their own hands and based on the their community's traditions, the Brunca…