Calgary-based Infinito Gold Inc. wants to operate an open-pit gold mine in Costa Rica’s Northern Zone near the Nicaragua border.

As reported by Tico Times, “In 2006, then-president Óscar Arias signed a decree saying the mine was in Costa Rica’s public interest and gave the go-ahead to the project, which was already facing stiff opposition from environmental groups. Environmentalists claimed the mine would not only destroy almond trees, a nationally protected species and habitat to the endangered green macaw, but would also pose a serious risk of polluting ground water supplies in the area.”

“Since then, the proposal has been batted back and forth between courts and lawyers battling either to halt construction of the mine or to get the ball rolling on gold extraction.” And there was dismay, anger and protests over Costa Rica’s top court ruling that the company’s mining concession permits were valid.

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