First it was the shrimp fishermen who were out of work because their trawler nets damaged the reefs, according to the Sala IV. Now gold miners in Abangares are complaining because the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía shut down the mines there.
The gold mining is a long tradition, and it is small scale. The miners told lawmakers Tuesday that they have been out of work because they do not want to risk jail to keep mining the gold.
Lawmakers set up a round table Tuesday that included miners, Jorge Calvo Calvo, the mayor of the Municipalidad Abangares, Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta, minister of Ambiente y Energía, Fernando Llorca, minister of Salud, and Gerardo Alvarado, general manager of the Instituto Mixta de Ayuda Social
The miners complained that there are no other sources of jobs in the area. These are hard rock miners who work in tunnels.
The miners said that as many as 1,000 heads of families were out of work.
Lawmakers in the Comisión de Guanacaste, seem sympathetic to the miner’s plight. They promised the miners that they would look into the situation.
Meanwhile, the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social is paying each family from 50,000 to 100,000 colons, and it has been doing so for more than two weeks. That is about $100 to $200.