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Mining Company Taking Costa Rica to Court

December 12th, 2013 Morgan Ribera
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There’s lots of gold in San Carlos, Costa Rica and Canadian mining firm Infinito Gold wants to get their hands on it. After the Costa Rican government gridlocked the company’s plan to operate an open-pit gold mine in the area in 2010, the Calgary-based company fought back and has filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the nation.

The national government rejected the plan in defense of their natural resources. Proceeding with the open-pit project would’ve result in the destruction of 190 hectacres of lush Costa Rican rainforest and risked polluting local rivers and lakes with toxic chemicals, such as cyanide, in the process.

Many citizens have been staging massive protests, feeling that their nation’s sovereignty is being threatened, but Infinito Gold has continued to wage their legal battle, claiming that the Costa Rican government’s defensive move violated trade agreements with Canada. The mining firm claimed back in April that they’d already invested $92 million in the project and risked losing $1 billion if they weren’t allowed to go forward. Now they want Costa Rica to repay the lost $1 billion.

The SumOfUs has organized an online petition opposing the lawsuit in hopes that such opposition will successfully pressure the gold-digging corporation to drop the suit. The petition notes the importance of the rain forest to the nation’s ecotourism industry and several of the world’s endangered species and calls for supporters to stand up for a nation’s right to defend its natural resources.

For more information and sign the petition click here.

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