McGill Research Group Investigating
Canadian Mining in Latin America

Santa Rita, El Salvador

Key Data

Company:Pacific Rim Operational status:exploration Materials extracted:silver, gold Type of mine:open pit Main issues:water, land rights


Synopsis: From the first day of exploratory operation, the Santa Rita mine was surrounded by protests. The issues provoking opposition are the same as those at Pacific Rim’s flagship mine, El Dorado. Protestors cite their anxiety over the implications of diverting water for mining and the use of cyanide in extraction. The mine is currently awaiting a new exploration license, but Pacific Rim has said they will reduce their activity at Santa Rita until the El Dorado project receives its exploitation permit.


Timeline of Key Events