CAVU has been assisting Fundación Neotropica in its assessment of environmental damage to the area of the controversial Las Crucitas open pit gold mine near the Nicaraguan border.
With CAVU’s acquisition of aerial, GPS embedded oblique imagery, Neotropica has been able to thoroughly quantify the extent of the degradation. Costa Rica’s Environmental Minister Renee Castro has entrusted the prestigious Fundación Neotropica with the evaluation of the environmental damages at the site, operated by Infitio Industries. The study complies with a court decree, which annulled a contract awarded by former President, Oscar Arias, that allowed the extraction of 800,000 ounces of gold from the mine. An earlier court ruling froze the $600,000 bond Infinito deposited in 2007. Environmental lawyers have demanded the money be applied to restoring the mine site.