The study warned of a "very probable" and "significant" affectation of aquatic ecosystems at Crucitas, which has been contaminated by mercury used by illegal mining groups to extract gold from the area.
Canadian mining firm Infinito Gold announced last week that it has secured funding from a lender to continue pursuing damages stemming from Costa Rica's cancellation of the firm's gold mining concession in 2011.
Infinito Gold Ltd. listed more than $160 million in working capital deficit including loan principle and interest, according to a statement from the company published on the CNW press wire. “The Company has concluded that it will not be possible for it to continue operations,” the statement concluded.
A criminal court in San José on Wednesday sentenced former Environment Minister Roberto Dobles Mora to a three-year suspended sentence for breach of public duty in granting the British Columbia-based mining company Infinito Gold an open-pit gold mining concession in Crucitas, in the northern Alajuela canton of San Carlos, in 2008.