The website of Ethical Corporation magazine has a good article summarizing the gold mining debate in El Salvador. Here's the introduction to the article:
Extractive firms struggling to gain licenses in central America should do more to show what benefits mining has for local communities
El Salvador can little afford to turn away investors. Tax burdens have been lifted and subsidies introduced precisely to attract foreign companies.
Strange, then, that the government should be stalling the progress of one of its biggest investors to date. Pacific Rim Mining, a Canadian company that has so far plowed $77m into El Salvador, requested a concession to exploit the El Dorado gold mine in December 2004. Almost four years later, the environment and natural resources ministry is still to give the green light. Fed up with waiting, the multinational miner has put its exploratory activities in the country on hold.
Behind the potential loss of millions of investment dollars lies a heated debate over the very existence of mining in the small central American state.
Read the rest here.