Illegal Mining in Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – Costa Rica’s Environment Minister, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, told local media this week that the environmental damage caused by the more than 4,000 artisanal miners that broke into Las Crucitas gold mine was not as bad as was first feared and that the area is expected to recover in a couple of years.
According to Rodríguez, the miners cut trees and dug 2-metre-deep pits in an area of about 15 hectares which, in his view, will recover by itself.
The minister also said that nearby watersheds seem to have suffered very little disturbance by the cyanide and mercury used to recover the yellow metal because no fishes were found dead. However, he emphasized that National University experts will conduct chemical tests to confirm or dismiss

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