Tahoe Resources hits by the suspension of mining licence at its Escobal mine.
The supreme court issued a temporary licence suspension after nongovernmental and anti-mining organisation Calas filed a claim in May against Guatemala’s Ministry of Energy and Mines. Calas alleged that Tahoe had violated the Xinca indigenous people’s right of consultation in advance of granting the Escobal mining licence to Tahoe’s Guatemalan subsidiary, Minera San Rafael. (source Mining Weekly; HENRY LAZENBY : CREAMER MEDIA DEPUTY EDITOR: NORTH AMERICA)
Calas (Center for Environmental, Social and Legal Action) had already reported several communiy issues with Tahoe since 2013. CALAS is an organization that advocates for the collective rights of indigenous peoples in relation to environmental issues.
Tahoe is facing a serious problem as it could put the mine production on standby. In the meantime, the company will await a formal order suspending the licence for Escobal.
Tahoe intends to appeal the decision in the Constitutional Court and to ask for the Supreme Court to reconsider its provisional ruling. However the constitutional claim and appeal process could take between 12 and 18 months…