Gold mine threatens spider monkeys and macaws in Costa Rica
Tell Costa Rican President Chinchilla: gold mining ban should apply to Crucitas mine too
Canadian mining company Infinito Gold is pushing for Costa Rican government permission to start the Crucitas open-pit gold mine in northern Costa Rica.
Forests, rivers, communities, endangered species threatened If built, the mine would destroy tropical forest that hosts endangered species like the Great Green Macaw and Geoffrey’s spider monkey in the Agua y Paz Biosphere Reserve. The mine could also threaten communities’ agricultural livelihoods and the San Juan River on the border with Nicaragua with toxic spills.
End special treatment for the Crucitas proposal The new President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, decreed a ban on all gold mining as she came into office this past May. But her decision has not stopped the Crucitas project that was declared of “national interest.” She needs to do more to protect Costa Rican communities and biodiversity from gold mining’s destructive impacts.
TAKE ACTION Please write to President Laura Chinchilla and urge her to stop the planned Crucitas mine! Our allies in Costa Rica have requested YOUR help. Please write now.
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