ADELA is currently working on the planning and development of a pilot project of alternative energy based on biomass, in conjunction with a local organization and the Municipality. It seeks to utilize the agricultural waste products of bananas and plantains as raw material to produce biofuel.
1. A decision handed down by the of the Supreme Court held that the extrajudicial arbitration could not proceed as the
Arbitration Board of the Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of the
Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce "lacks jurisdiction to rule on any
controversy arising between the parties as the matter is pending before
the courts", according to Vote No. 000744-C-06, of October 5, 2006.
2. The oil company Harken Costa Rica Holdings is demanding $13 million from Costa Rica in damages for the suspension of their contract to develop oil and gas along the Caribbean coast. They also seek to reactivate the contract in
orderto resume activities in the Caribbean province of Limon. The
company has filed claims for indemnization in an arbitration requested
before the Chamber of Commerce and before the courts.
3. The oil company HARKEN CR in 2005 filed a judicial claim before the Administrative law Court in
San José to vacate the resolution by MINAE to terminate the contract
signed between the country of Costa Rica and Harken Costa Rica Holdings
LLC. HARKEN insists on reactivating the same contract and collecting
multi-million dollar damages from the country.
of the group ADELA are collaborating in the legal process with the
legal assistance of Justice for Nature to support the Attorney General
in defending our interests.
4. Harken is formally challenging before the Court the right to participation of local civil society in the process. In August 2006, the lower Court rejected Harken's position and upheld the community participation in the lawsuit, affirming the right that these sectors have to be a part of legal processes that could affect their environment and their way of life. However, the company has appealed this
procedural holding to a hirer court in order to exclude from the case
all the community members and environmental organizations of ADELA that
in the past have successfully opposed the oil concessions in the South
Caribbean. They argue that the lawsuit concerns a subjectmatter which
is solely technical in nature without any environmental consequences.
5. In the elections for Mayor of the Municipality of Talamanca, ADELA has brought the issue to the debates. We have been pressing for a continued Moratorium on Oil and on Dec. 3rd the winning candidate, Rugeli Morales declared his active support for ADELA and clearly denounced any petroleum or mining explorations in the Caribbean.
6. In Central America, indigenous communities in Belize have also won the right to demand an Environmental Impact Study from
their government in their struggle to save their lands from US
companies that are attempting to exploit petroleum within protected
areas. Members of ADELA visited the ngo SATIIM in southern Belize to share experiences. For more information visit: http://www.globalresponse.org/ http://www.satiim.org.bz/