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New scandal clouds anticipated decision in Crucitas caseFrom: www.amcostarica.com
The proposal for an open pit gold mine in northern Costa Rica has taken a scandalous turn.
The Poder Judicial has confirmed that an investigation has been launched because someone appears to have leaked a draft of a decision in the case by the Sala Primera high court.
The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo has annulled the agreement under which Industrias Infinito S.A. was to mine nearly a million ounces of gold. The project has been controversial since it was announced because of environmental concerns and, in part, because the parent company of the local firm is Canadian.
The essence of the draft was not made public, but prosecutors are investigating. Only a limited number of persons in the Corte Suprema de Justicia had access to the document.
This is the Crucitas mine case that was supported strongly by former president Óscar Arias Sánchez. The project ran into problems because in order to dig for the gold some protected trees will have to be felled.
The case already has been before the Sala IV, which basically gave the project the go ahead.
The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo then faulted the process by which the government issued permits. The Sala Primera is hearing an appeal of that decision.
Infinito said that Crucitas is environmentally, economically and socially viable for Costa Rica. The firm in a release lamented the fact that the project has been frozen for three years. The company noted that the formal complaint was filed by Anabelle León, president of Sala Primera.
The company said its parent firm was evaluating the impact of yet another delay and said that the firm was gathering information for a possible international arbitration.
Word of the Day
Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *mina, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh mwyn ore
First Known Use: 14th century
1 a: a pit or excavation in the earth from which mineral substances are taken; b: an ore deposit
2: a subterranean passage under an enemy position
3: an encased explosive that is placed in the ground or in water and set to explode when disturbed
4: a rich source of supply
1a: to dig under to gain access or cause the collapse of (an enemy position); b: undermine
2a: to get (as ore) from the earth; b : to extract from a source <information mined from the files>
3: to burrow beneath the surface of <larva that mines leaves>
4: to place military mines in, on, or under <mine a harbor>
5a : to dig into for ore or metal; b: to process for obtaining a natural constituent <mine the air for nitrogen>; c: to seek valuable material in
1: to dig a mine
Annul: v. to declare or make legally invalid or void
Arbitrate: v. to submit or refer for decision to an arbiter
Essence: n. the most significant element, quality, or aspect of a thing or person
Fell: v. to cut, knock, or bring down
Leak: v. to become known despite efforts at concealment
Scandalous: adj. offensive to propriety or morality : shocking