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Costa Ricans protest open pit gold mining, 2010

Costa Rica
Time period
April 20, 2010 to November, 2010
Total points
10 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Kylin Navarro, 01/12/2010

In 2008, former President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias authorized the removal of over 600 acres of yellow almond trees in order to build a gold mine in Las Crucitas, a small town in Northern Costa Rica.  Costa Rican law prohibits the cutting down of these trees, as they are the main source of food for the endangered green macaw.  However, Arias went ahead with his authorization, making an agreement with Industrias Infinitos, a subsidiary of Infinito Gold Ltd., a Canadian mining company to mine an estimated $1 billion worth of gold.