Costa Rica Bans Open Pit Mining for Metals

November 10, 2010

Costa Rica’s legislative assembly voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban all new open pit metal mining projects in the country.

The legislators approved a reform to the country’s mining code that prohibits the activity, a change that Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla proposed in May, during in her first days in office.

The reform does not affect the Crucitas gold mine project, a proposed open pit gold mine in the country’s northern zone owned by the Canadian company, Infinito Gold LTD. That project being reviewed by the country’s Administrative Appeals Court, a process that is expected to determine whether work at the mine can move ahead. 

A ruling on Crucitas is expected as soon as next week.

On Wednesday, press officials at Casa Presidencial had not yet set a date for Chinchilla to sign the reform into law.

You may be interested

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah
sports
34 views
sports
34 views

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 25, 2018

Part III in a series on adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I, about the country's association for disabled…

It’s frog orgy season
Environment and Wildlife
1136 views
Environment and Wildlife
1136 views

It’s frog orgy season

Lindsay Fendt - May 25, 2018

The rainy season is upon us. For many of us that means hiding indoors for the next few months, but for Costa…

Costa Rica’s guilty voters
No Sugar Please
97 views
No Sugar Please
97 views

Costa Rica’s guilty voters

Álvaro Murillo - May 25, 2018

By what I have done, and by what I have left undone. A relative of mine is 70 years old…