Costa Rica: Oil Development Banned Until 2021

While renegotiations are carried out on a loan to build an oil refinery, President Solis has issued a decree extending the moratorium on oil exploration and production until 2021.

Monday, July 28, 2014

While the private sector mourns the loss of competitiveness caused by the high cost of electricity and the lack of proposals to solve the power supply problem affecting the country, the government has decided to extend for six years a ban on all types of oil industry in the country, citing lack of information on the effects of the activity on the environment.

The Environment Minister Edgar Gutierrez, said "...Oil exploration involves serious environmental risks and a detailed analysis of the cost benefit of extractive activities is needed.'"

"...The decree amends Article 1 of moratorium 36,693 of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, signed during the administration of Laura Chinchilla on 1 August 2011. "

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